SPI Group is take the Russian state-owned vodka group FKP Soyuzplodoimport to court over the term "Russian Vodka", according to the country's business daily Kommersant.

SPI has filed a suit in the Moscow Arbitration Court seeking to overturn a ruling by Rospatent, Russia's trademark authority, to hand Soyuzplodoimport the rights to the Russian Vodka term, the newspaper said.
 
Kommersant also reported that Rospatent last week declared the brand "Russian Vodka" a matter of common knowledge, which means no similar trademark can be registered in Russia by SPI.