The court banned Google and Yandex from showing the phrase “smart vote” in search results
The bans were issued as interim measures in the claims of the Stavropol company Vulintertrade, which sells sheep wool.
In July, this company registered the Smart Voting trademark, identical to the logo of the project of the same name by Alexei Navalny. On September 1, Wulintertrade applied to the court for the protection of the trademark.
Wulintertrade filed an application for registration of the Smart Voting trademark on June 29, and already on July 27 received the approval of Rospatent. This process usually takes about a year.
In early September, Roskomnadzor demanded that Apple and Google remove the Navalny app from stores, stating that the refusal would be regarded as interference in the Russian elections. This application, among other things, has a Smart Voting feature.
In Russia, from 17 to 19 September, elections will be held, including the State Duma.