Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Olympic battles in Indonesia see the IOC victorious

Image result for olympics logoThe Olympic logo wars have been reported previously here. The conclusion of a cancellation case brought against the National Sports Committee of Indonesia (KONI) means KONI is no longer allowed to use a five-ring logo.

The Jakarta Commercial Court ordered the cancellation of KONI's trademark in a lawsuit filed by the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI). The Panel of Judges declared that KONI's logo is similar to the five-ring Olympics logo owned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This has been used by the organization since 1914 for Olympic events and so the Court considered it a well known mark and that the Defendant had registered the similar mark in bad faith. The court ordered the Directorate of Intellectual Property Rights to cancel KONI's trade mark  registrations in class 16, 18, 24 25. KONI has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court.

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