The Intellectual Property Court affirmed Yandex’s position that “Yandex Afisha” is an indivisible semantic construction with a meaning different from that of the word “Afisha”. Since consumers associate “Yandex Afisha” with Yandex, the mere inclusion of the word “Afisha” in the trademark cannot infringe upon the rights of LLC “Afisha Company”. The court decided to restore the legal protection of “Yandex Afisha” immediately (see: Decision of the Intellectual Property Court dated 14.02.2023 on case No. SIP-591/2020).
Ekaterina Tilling, partner and head of the IP and IT practice, along with Alexey Darkov and Anna Lapshina, senior associates in the IP and IT practice, worked on the project on behalf of BIRCH LEGAL.