The Supreme Court of the Netherlands on January 24, 2020, confirmed that the Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport is the sole legal owner of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya trademarks in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
This decision cannot be appealed.
In 2006, the Rotterdam District Court recognized that Spirits International, a member of the SPI Group, had acquired trademarks illegally for the first time. The Court of Appeal in 2012 and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in 2013 confirmed this decision and sent the case to the first instance to decide on the transfer of trademark rights to Sojuzplodoimport. In 2015, the District Court banned Spirits International from supplying products under the TM Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, obliged to transfer the rights to the marks to the federal state-owned company Sojuzplodoimport, as well as to indemnify for the illegal use of trademarks. In 2018, the Court of Appeal upheld this decision.
Currently, litigation over the right to manage the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands is ongoing in many countries around the world. It all started back in 2001 when the Russian Federation recognized the transfer of trademarks under which vodka was produced in soviet times to companies belonging to billionaire Yuri Shefler as illegal.
In 2002, the rights to these brands were transferred to the state company Sojuzplodoimport.