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Kalashikov to protect its rifle brands

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 01:04 PM

Very interesting article:




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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.



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 05:18 PM

Hmm, not good. Licence usually need to be bought. So toy manufacturers will have to pay tariff for importing products into Russia and they have to pay that licence, which mean they have to rise toy price, which mean parents will have to spend more to buy to their children or deny them and save money, children will not be happy and toy company wont have profit.


If Kalashnikov(or Russian state/government) want to protect its trademark, then i advise them to registrate a worldwide license, not only for imports for Russia. So everyone on the globe producing toy kalashnikovs have to pay a license to Kalashnikov Company. But again, there are forgers, like Turkey and China so they might spam their products without license and sell it cheap on the market. Unecessary headache for Kalashnikov.

The truth is only point of view. It all depends on your point of view. Try to get a better understanding of things before you make your judgement.

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