‘Tigers’ and ‘wolves’ duke it out in court docket: Russian armored automobile maker sues biker association chief over trademark


AMZ, the protection contractor that makes the Tigr, Russia’s solely trendy armored automobile, cannot name their newest mission ‘Wolf’ as a result of Russia’s largest biker membership, the ‘Night Wolves’ owns the trademark. So AMZ is taking them to court docket.

Arzamas Machine-building Plant (AMZ) needs to name their newest armored automobile ‘Wolf,’ however they’ve hit a stunning street bump: the ‘Night Wolves’ have had the trademark for the phrase since 2000. Their chief, Aleksandr ‘Surgeon’ Zaldostanov, has personally owned it for 13 years now. So now, the Russian producer has taken ‘Surgeon’ to mental property court docket, claiming he is not utilizing the trademark.

AMZ has been supplying Russia with its top-of-the-line Tigr armored automobile (or ‘tiger’ in Russian) for nearly fifteen years now. The Tigr protects its crew from gunfire, shrapnel from close by grenades and artillery, and even mines. But time would not stand nonetheless, and AMZ has been engaged on an improve for its ‘tiger’: the Volk (or ‘wolf’ in Russian). The Volk is quicker, higher armored, and extra highly effective than the Tigr, and, in contrast to its predecessor, it is modular: the military can shortly convert it into an armored truck or an APC, if essential. The new model is nearly prepared, however AMZ cannot promote a car known as ‘Volk’ as a result of the trademark belongs Zaldostanov.

Aleksandr ‘Surgeon’ Zaldostanov is the everlasting chief of the ‘Night Wolves.’ Zaldostanov based the group within the wake of the united states’s collapse with a handful of different motorbike lovers, however the membership quickly grew to be the biggest association of bikers in Russia. The Night Wolves have since change into one thing of a ‘patriotic’ group: the membership has organized motorbike rides in help of the Russian Orthodox Church and ‘conventional values,’ and is among the founding factions of Russia’s Anti-Maidan, a counter-protest motion. Even Russia’s President Vladimir Putin took half in a number of of their rides.

The trademark dispute stunned Zaldostanov, in line with an interview in RBC. The biker mentioned that he came upon concerning the swimsuit from the media, and that he thinks AMZ simply could not come up with him. Surgeon harassed that he is not going to half with the model itself, because it’s part of their historical past, however famous that he “will gladly transfer the rights to calls these wonderful armored cars ‘Volk’.”

AMZ has been constructing armored automobiles for many years. Originally a automobile elements manufacturing facility for GAZ within the 1970s, by the 1980s, it started constructing Soviet armored personnel carriers just like the BTR-80. Its subsequent huge manufacturing push got here in 2006, when it began constructing the Tigr for the Russian Defense Ministry, which shortly turned Russia’s favourite APC.

The Tigr has remained fashionable each in Russia and overseas, with over a dozen nations utilizing it, together with China  and Uruguay. The Volk, developed in 2014, is on monitor to switch the Tigr as Russia’s commonplace armored automobile.

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