Businessman registers Tymoshenko braid lollipop mark

Russian Federation

Russian businessman and marketing expert Stanislav Kaufman has obtained a trademark registration for lollipops shaped like the circular braid traditionally worn by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The trademark YULKINY SOSULKI ('Yulia’s Icicles') was registered by Russia’s Patent and Trademark Office in Class 30 of the Nice Classification for lollipops. The lollipops will have five flavours and are expected to appear on the Russian market soon.

Kaufman is the brain behind other provocative, politically themed trademarks - namely, the vodka brands Putinka and Volodya and Medvedi, which make reference to the names of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, and prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev. The VOLODYA AND MEDVEDI trademark was finally registered this year after a series of appeals.

The lollipop trademark has reportedly infuriated Tymoshenko’s supporters.

Maya Kryvoshei, PETOŠEVIC, Kiev 

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