Russian Courts confirm Microsoft’s right to Windows.ru domain

Back in February 2012, Microsoft had launched proceedings against a Russian businessman Dmitry Shapovalov, who was the owner of windows.ru domain. The website contained information about aircraft, avionics and other equipment that use the trademark.

Microsoft stated that it owned trademark rights to the word ‘Windows’ and claimed the right to use the trademark in its domain name.

On April 17th, Moscow District Federal Commercial Court recognized Microsoft’s right to use the trademark. At the hearing held on 21st November, the Moscow District Federal Commercial Court dismissed Dmitry Shapovalov’s appeal and upheld the claim of Microsoft.

As a result of the decision, the ownership of the domain windows.ru has been handed over to Microsoft.

If you visit windows.ru today, you will find that it redirects to Microsoft Russia Windows home page.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.