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Oct
12
2016

Who’s the Master?

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The word ‘master’ is the center of a trademark battle between credit card company MasterCard and the New Zealand “2017 World Masters Games”. MasterCard International challenged the colour and words of the 2017 World Masters Games, allegedly the world’s largest multi-sport event with 25,000 athletes from 100 countries, participating in 28 sports and 45 disciplines. The […]

Oct
7
2016

Mug shot

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An American man has been arrested for allegedly selling merchandise with Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign logo. The U.S. citizen, who was living in southwestern Japan, has been arrested for trademark infringement. He is being charged with the unauthorized use of a 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics logo, according to the Japanese police, after having sold five items, including […]

Jun
20
2016

Olympic infringement countdown

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Today, it’s 46 days until the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Time to reminisce about the Olympic trademarks. As we have written before, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very eager to sue anyone using the Olympic symbols, the rings, the colors, but also the word ‘olympic’. And, as you will see, each Olympic there […]

Sep
3
2015

The Olympic Nightmare

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The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics hastily dropped the official logo for the Olympic Games, after being accused of plagiarism. The logo was unveiled in July and was already used in branding campaigns by the organising committee and some of the major sponsors of the event. But now a Belgian designer says it is […]

Mar
19
2014

Malfunctioning ring (2)

Well, we hate to tell you “We told you so”, but… We told you so! Following our post earlier this week about the Russian entrepreneur that wanted to trademark the malfunctioning four rings of the Sochi Opening Ceremony, the governing body for the Olympic Games has now stated it will oppose the trademark registration in […]

Mar
17
2014

Malfunctioning ring

Remember that Olympic ring snowflake that didn’t open at the Sochi Opening Ceremony? A Russian entrepreneur now wants to claim it. Dmitry Medvedev – not related to the prime minister – applied for a trademark registration of the four rings with one malfunctioning ring. Medvedev’s company specializes in the construction of luxury cottages and pools, and […]

Feb
12
2014

The Sponsor Games

Olympic athletes have been asked by Samsung to cover any Apple logos on their devices during the Parade of Nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Samsung, a lead worldwide sponsor of the Games, wants to protects its interests. Samsung is reportedly dropping Galaxy Note 3 smartphones in athletes’ goodie-bags, though the gift comes […]

Feb
7
2014

Sochi®

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Today, it’s starting: the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A good time to reminisce about the Olympic trademark: the rings. As it happens, it is the Olympic flag’s birthday this year! In 1914 the flag was introduced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But the First World War caused the flag to be put into […]

Jun
29
2012

Knit-picking

With the 2012 Olympics coming up, the legal department of the Olympic Committee is working overtime. Recently they sent a cease and desist letter to a group of knitters. Yes, knitters. Because of their plans to hold their third annual “Ravelympics”: a festival of knitting games, featuring events like “scarf hockey” and “sweater triathlon.” The […]