Who's the Master?


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 [...]

Who's the Master?2016-10-12T10:02:37+02:00

Mug shot


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 [...]

Mug shot2016-10-07T15:13:47+02:00

Olympic infringement countdown


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, [...]

Olympic infringement countdown2016-06-20T15:36:03+02:00

The Olympic Nightmare


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 [...]

The Olympic Nightmare2015-09-03T06:45:33+02:00

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 [...]

Malfunctioning ring (2)2014-03-19T09:33:31+01:00

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 [...]

Malfunctioning ring2014-03-17T11:03:47+01:00

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. [...]

The Sponsor Games2014-02-12T12:22:28+01:00



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 [...]

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