Iconmedia VS Guf


In 2007, Iconmedia released Guf’s album and they did not work together again. Nearly 10 years later Iconmedia registered the trade mark Guf and proceeded to file over 10 claims against the rapper with an aggregate value in excess of 1 million roubles. Semenov & Pevzner joined the case at the appeal stage and managed to prove it to the court that the rapper was already performing under the name Guf as early as in 2004, which was way in advance of the trade mark’s priority date. All of the first instance judgements in favour of Iconmedia were quashed in the appeal. Iconmedia’s claims were rejected, and the trade mark was subsequently cancelled.