Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kalashnikov applies for World Trademark

The arms designer credited with creating the AK-47, Soviet Lt-Gen Mikhail Kalashnikov, died last year. The Kalashnikov, or AK-47, is one of the world's most recognisable weapons. Kalashnikov Concern has paid more than USD 380,000 for rebranding  the rifles which includes a new logo “CK” written in black and red and melded into a single block. The logo stands for Kalashnikov Concern.

The arms manufacturer has applied to register a world trademark of AK-47 including for goods of 28 class under the International Classification of Goods and Services. As the Nice Agreement of 1957 the goods of 28 class include games and toys, gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes and decorations for Christmas trees.

The Intellectual Property rights Court has rejected another claim of Kalashnikov Concern against M T Kalashnikov firm, owned by the relatives of late designer regarding "image of a rifle with AK-47 marking."

This gun due to its easy manufacture and cheapness is very popular with terrorists and national armies in Asia and Africa.

-Shambhavi Mishra