The American corporation tries to adjudge windows.ru domain from the Russian entrepreneur. The preliminary hearing within the bounds of the suit was held in Moscow Arbitration Tribunal. Polina Romanova, Kommersant FM correspondent, reports on the core of the dispute.
Windows.ru domain was registered by Dmitriy Shapovalov, the entrepreneur, in 1998 when he started production of plastic windows. In five years he sold the business, however he kept on being the owner of the site. Microsoft, the biggest transnational company, has not had any claims until the end of 2000. That year the company contacted Shapovalov first time, they demanded domain use termination. The entrepreneur refused and in November of 2011 Microsoft went to the court.
Artour Airapetov, the member of the Moscow Chamber of Attorneys, is sure that the American corporation has great chances to win the suit.
“The most part of consumers having heard the word “windows” has association with a product of Microsoft company. In this connection, I believe that lawyers can held a sociological research in the court hall”, – reported Artour Airapetov.
The company insists on the fact as they are the holder of Windows trademark.
Microsoft owns windows.com address and purchase of the Russian address is not a point of principle, believes Mikhail Gurevich, the Director General of Mediamir company.
“It is hard to say that receipt of the domain will improve position of the operating system that controls about 90% of the Russian market. Logically and basing on the historic right, windows.ru domain should be owned by Microsoft”,- believes Mikhail Gurevich.
The entrepreneur Shapovalov does not intend to grant the domain, neither to sell it to the company. At the moment if windows.ru is requested in a browser, a Wikipedia page relating to windows is opened.