Patent watchdog to end protection of Olympic brand registered for Spanish firm
MOSCOW, December 29 - RAPSI. The board of the Chamber for Patent Disputes upheld the application by the International Olympic Committee to prematurely end the legal protection of the "Olympic" trademark registered in favor of a Spanish firm, according to the patent agency's materials.
Under the application by Comite International Olympique, the court prematurely ended the legal protection of the "Olympic" trademark, which Spain's Fluidra Commercial, S.A.U. holds the rights to.
The May 12 application to end the legal protection of the trademark was submitted to the Chamber for Patent Disputes. The application stated that the trademark's legal protection should be ended since it had not been in continuous use for three years.
The international organization created to revive the Olympic Games and promote the Olympic movement is the plaintiff. The Olympic symbols, including the "Olympic" name, are an integral part of it. The right to the symbols is secured by the Olympic Charter and the Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol for the person who submitted the application.
The patent chamber decision states that the holder of rights is responsible for proving the use of the trademark.