KIAP's IP team, working pro bono, has helped the SUNFLOWER charity register its logo as a trademark in Russia's Rospatent office, giving the foundation exclusive ownership of the trademark under Russian law.
According to KIAP, "the charity foundation’s core aim is to support children and adults with immune system disorders. The SUNFLOWER foundation was founded by Timur Bekmambetov and Varvara Avdushko in 2006 and works to save the lives of people suffering from Primary Immunodeficiency and other autoimmune diseases."
"Until recent times the foundation’s rights for the name were only protected by the provisions of the 'On Non-Profit Organizations' law in terms of the name of NPOs," KIAP continues. "However, as the current practice shows, the provisions of the law on NPOs are not able to protect the rights of the funds for the names from unfair actions of third parties in a proper way. Everyone heard about fraudulent, 'toxic' collection of money and false-NPOs that collect donations on behalf of well-known funds and cause reputational damage to specific charitable organizations and the entire sector of NPOs. Registration of the logo as a trademark, which was successfully executed by lawyers of KIAP's IP practice, will allow to protect the rights for the name of the foundation by the ways provided by provisions of part 4 of the Civil Code.”