Supreme Court to reconsider Belsat TV case

Case BELSATplus vs Belsat TV is still in progress. Last time the BelsatPlus owner’s claims were not allowed.

A deputy Chair of the Supreme Court ordered to take a second look to the case. According to him, the verdict was delivered without giving ‘careful consideration’ to the problem.

At the end of January the Supreme Court did not settle claims of Andrey Belyakou, the owner of BELSATplus, who accused television Belsat TV of illegal using its trade mark and wanted the court to ban us from it. Moreover, he insisted on making satellite ASTRA stop Belsat’s transmission.

It is the Presidium of the Supreme Court that will review the case on June, 24. It has authority to uphold the verdict delivered earlier, to go back on it or send the case back for a new hearing.

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.

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