Russian authorities have stripped the vodka group TPG Kristall of the trademark Cristall, according to a report by Interfax today.

The move by the Russian patents and trademark agency Rospatent follows a request to cancel the registration by the state vodka company Soyuzplodoimport, which argues that it could be confused with its own Kristall label.

TPG Kristall apparently will appeal the ruling once it receives the full text of the decision.