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The Kalashnikov Group has lodged an application for the registration of the three-dimensional images of the AK and the AKM rifle family as trademarks. If the application is approved, the toy manufacturers that copy these famous weapons will have to obtain a license for the importation of these products in Russia.
The documents for the registration were submitted for 21 types of goods (total number of the types in the international classification of goods and services is 45). The Company’s representatives emphasise that the registration of a three-dimensional image is the principal focus because the "flat" image patent can be copied by changing its angle.
Sources in Russia, such as Izvestia, have noted that the application for the registration of the three-dimensional images of the rifle “Is highly likely due to his [Kalashikovs] wide fame”, and because “it is associated with the applicant historically, and also because the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles has, to this day, been localized in the city of Izhevsk, where the original Kalashnikov manufacturer was founded”.
The Group’s representative said, “The Kalashnikov Group has a task to promote the brand, including the assault rifle. We protect our products”.
In the event that the application is approved, Kalashnikov rifle images will not be able to be used in the manufacture of various goods without seeking approval Kalashnikov first. The restriction will apply to wide range of products such as: deodorants, fuel, knives, razors, computer software, ammunition, firearms, jewellery, leather goods, furniture, bed covers, fasteners, toys, sports equipment and smoking accessories, among others.
The primary aim of the application is to prevent the inconsistent use of a recognizable brand which could effectively dilute the value of the brand, and not to prevent the production of other products under this brand. The majority of children's toys in the form of a Kalashnikov are produced abroad, so the restrictions will not affect the release of such products. However, after the trademark is patented, such toys will not pass through Russian customs unless the manufacturer obtains a license from the copyright holder to import goods to Russia.
The review of the application will take between 14 to 16 months. The possibility of registration of the trademark abroad is not excluded, but no formal plans in this regard have been revealed yet.
The Kalashnikov Group is the largest Russian developer and manufacturer of automatic and sniper weapons, guided artillery shells, as well as a wide range of civil products. It is part of Rostec, the Russian state owned corporation.