The court date was postponed until January so that Ihar Dzyachkou, Belsat’s defence lawyer, could take a survey of circumstances of the case: the fact is that he received all the materials as late as December, 6. Although Mr Dzyachkou needed only several hours, the judge stated such period would not be enough for thorough preparation for the hearing.
Andrey Belyakou, owner of BELSATplus company, claims that television Belsat TV has been illegally using its trade mark.
It is curious that the claimant is not seeking any money compensation: his only demand is to make satellite ASTRA stop Belsat’s transmission.
Our TV channel and its domain name were registered in Poland. As we do not broadcast from the territory of Belarus the trade mark does not fall within its jurisdiction. Furthermore, the channel is registered as Belsat TV; the registration name of the unitary enterprise is BELSATplus (certificate No 190991566).
Mr Belyakou’s company sells satellite and cable TV equipment. In conformity with the law, one cannot block a trade mark unless it is used in the field given, i.e. broadcasting and production of TV programs). BELSATplus has not been engaged in the activities mentioned.