Russian Retailer Registers Wal-Rus Trademark Ahead of Wal-Mart Arrival

Mar 30 2010 - 12:26

X5 Retail Group, the largest Russian retail company in terms of sales, has registered the Wal-Rus trademark, similar to that of the American largest retailer Wal-Mart, ahead of Wal-Mart’s expected arrival in the country, according to RBC Daily, Russian business newspaper.

The supermarket chain Perekrestok, part of X5 Retail Group, reportedly registered the trademark, featuring a star between the two words, in December 2009, following its application with the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) in October 2009.

However, Wal-Mart representative in Russia, Konstantin Dubinin, said that Wal-Mart changed its corporate identity and adopted a new logo in 2008, abandoning the star. RBC Daily’s source doubted that the American retailer, which has been expected to enter the Russian market for many years, will file a trademark infringement suit against its Russian counterpart.

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Source: RBC Daily

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