One of the matters in dispute is the question whether VVO was legally transformed from a state-owned company to the private company VAO in 1991/1992.
The court finds that this is not the case, because not all steps required for a legally valid transformation from state-owned company to private company were taken at the time. This means that the trademarks remained Russian state property in that period. This does not, however, provide an answer to the question which party currently owns the trademarks. A number of questions still has to be answered. One of issues is the alleged protection of Spirits as assignee in good faith.
The parties must make statements on the remaining issues as well as the contents of the applicable laws of the thirteen countries, following which these issues will be heard in court. After that has taken place, the court will deliver a next judgment.