Russian bank hits competitor with registered cabbage

Savoy cabbage before ...
The IPKat, who unlike most felines has a soft spot for brassicas, notes with interest that the Russian Arbitration court has upheld SKB Bank’s exclusive right in the banking sector to use the image of a Savoy cabbage in its advertising, in a dispute against another Russian bank, National Bank TRUST (NBT).  The latter, with an entire range of vegetables from which to choose, foolishly or unimaginatively opted for the same one. The court also ordered the NBT to pay SKB Bank US$9,700 (EUR 7,400) in damages.  The fate of the cabbage is not currently known.

... and after delivery up for destruction
According to Russian International News Agency RIA Novosti, SKB registered its Savoy cabbage image at the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trade Marks (Rospatent) back in 2006 for the purpose of using it in its advertising campaigns. NBT argued that no one legal entity can own the rights to a product of nature such as this widely consumed vegetable.  No, said Rospatent: banks can register common words and corresponding images as trade marks just like anyone else, as long as the words and images in question have no direct connection with the banking sector.

The IPKat recalls the Chinese Tomato Bank and wonders if it has ever been confused with Japan's TomatoBank. This is irrelevant, crows Merpel - tomatoes are fruit, not vegetables.

Top 50 Russian banks here
Russian vegetable recipes here
Savoy cabbage recipes here and here

Thanks are due to Petosevic, for drawing the Kat's attention to this item.
Russian bank hits competitor with registered cabbage Russian bank hits competitor with registered cabbage Reviewed by Jeremy on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Rating: 5


  1. Other vegetables are not so attractive for banking; In Russain slang cabbage ("kapusta") means money.

  2. My two pence regarding Inngot, I am still a little unsure as to what value their product would offer. From a look at their sample reports it seems to be a bit of a combination of information available from companies house and the patent register without for example useful details of financial data.
    I think they will struggle to develop a business which relies on a large critical mass of users to be useful for customers as I cannot see them achieving this without a fairly serious marketing budget. I am guessing there is some regional development grant behind this somewhere which often won't cover the kind of marketing I think they would need. I would also like to see how their system handles multi-disciplinary companies and those with large patent portfolios (000's) as the examples cited on the sample reports include companies with one patent and one trademark which is nice as far as examples go but perhaps not realistic for many companies in competitive technology sectors.


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