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Poland: hooligans and trade marks
The Polish website gazeta.pl reports on recent dispute between the City of Lublin, the football team Motor Lublin and the Polish company P.H. Łezka owned by Paweł Grochmal – the leader of official fan club of Motor Lublin, or as others prefer to call them – hooligans.

Mr Grochmal applied to the Polish Patent Office for the right of protection for the word-figurative trade mark M MOTOR LUBLIN Z-395689 for services in Class 35. Lublin city has a majority stake in the club, it is no wonder that such action sparked outrage in the local government. The City has granted the right to use the name "Lublin" to the club, and filed the PPO observations as to the existence of grounds that may cause a right of protection to be denied. So far, the Office has not taken any decision on the matter. Adam Taukert, a spokesman for the Polish Patent Office said the case is currently suspended at the request of the applicant. As long as the P.H. Łezka will not withdraw the request to stay the proceedings, there will be no decision with regard to the applied trade mark. The club sign will not be registered for the applicant or the club.
Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 09.22
Tags: Poland, trade mark examination, Polish Patent Office, hooligans, football,
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