Highlight 3 September 2013

Krogerus advises Rautaruukki in a global trade mark dispute

Krogerus acted as international lead counsel for Rautaruukki Corporation in several domestic and international trade mark disputes against Afarak Group Plc (formerly Ruukki Group Plc). The disputes concerned the name Ruukki, as well as the corresponding RUUKKI trade mark. Krogerus also advised Rautaruukki in negotiating a settlement of the disputes.

Rautaruukki has used the name Ruukki for many products and product groups since the 1970s. In 2004, Rautaruukki adopted the RUUKKI trade mark as its house mark. The trade mark is registered or pending registration in a total of 95 countries. In addition, the names of Rautaruukki’s subsidiaries in various countries begin with the name Ruukki.

The Krogerus team comprised of managing partner Juha Pekka Katainen, partners Tuukka Airaksinen and Mikko Elonheimo, counsel Arto Hakkarainen and associate Sarita Schröder.

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