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TUESDAY, 3 JULY 2012
Poland is cool
Ringier Axel Springer Poland, the publisher of "Newsweek Polska", sued AWR "Wprost", the publisher of "Wprost" magazine, claiming that Wprost infringed its trade mark "Fajna Polska" (English: Cool Poland), and demanding 10 million Polish złoty (around 2.37 million Euros) of compensation. Both newspapers organized similar social actions targeted to promote Poland. Each magazine add a sticker with a smiling face. Wprost started on May 21, and Newsweek followed on June 4. The problem arose around Tomasz Lis, previously the editor in chief of Wprost, and since March 2012 in Newsweek. On January 2012, Mr Lis has applied to the Polish Paten Office for the right of protection for the figurative trade mark Z-395421. The sign depicts a smiling face in red-white colors.
Axel Springer Poland requested the District Court in Krakow to issue the preliminary injunction that would prohibit Wprost to use signs similar to "Fajna Polska" and assigning to Wprost or its employees the copyright to that sign. The court granted the injunction on 4 June 2012.
Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 11.26
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