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MONDAY, 16 JULY 2012
The IOC struggles with Olympic signs in Poland
The Polish Patent Office registered the word-figurative trade mark MAŁY OLIMPIJCZYK R-227219 (English: Little Olympian) for services in Class 41 such as teaching, educational and entertainment services, sporting and cultural activities, learning at preschool level services, kindergartens services, organization of sports competitions, sports camps and organizing summer camps services, gymnastics instructor services, services related to the organization of leisure, and for services in Class 44 such as rehabilitation services and health services.

The International Olympic Committee requested the PPO to invalidate the right of protection. The IOC claimed that MAŁY OLIMPIJCZYK is similar to the well-known Olympic sign and is infringing its reputation.

The Adjudicative Board of the PPO in its decision of 3 June 2012 case no. Sp. 413/11 dismissed the request. The PPO ruled that the IOC did not introduce on Polish territory any goods or services, therefore it is difficult to talk about the risk of confusion

This decision is not final yet. The IOC may file a complaint to the Voivodeship Administrative Court.
Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 12.32
Tags: Poland, Olympic, Polish Patent Office, trade mark invalidation,
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