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UEFA Champions League Logo Is Defended by Rospatent
15.09.2011 14:02
UEFA Champions League Logo Is Defended by Rospatent
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The Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) has upheld a complaint from the UEFA in the plagiarism dispute concerning the famous symbol of the Champions League - a soccer ball composed of stars.


The current logo has been in use since 1992. Recently Rospatent has received a request for trademark registration of a logo that was expected to appear on goods, like hair lotions, cosmetic products, perfume, toothcare, and various products used for cleansing, polishing, and degreasing.


The well-known UEFA logo is a rotating starball consisting of stars connected by their pinnacles. A disputed trademark of a Russian brand also represented a starball consisting of stars of a bigger size, also connected by pinnacles. The logo used navy blue, sky blue, azure, and white colours. Although the brand name UEFA did not feature in the Russian logo, the inscription below the starball reads Champion Cup.


It would be extremely hard to disagree with UEFA who addressed Rospatent on the grounds of plagiarism, claiming that the goods labeled with Champion Cup logo would lead to customers being confused, thus assuming that they were buying goods produced or otherwise licensed by the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA also underlined the breach of intellectual property rights that belong to the designers team behind the well-known UEFA starball.


Rospatent has decided the suit in favour of the UEFA, according to article 1483, point 9 of the Civil Code of Russian Federation, whereby a patent cannot be given, if a trademark of a similar kind has been known in Russia previously. The owners of a Russian brand have been told about the decision, however did not try to appeal. As a result, Rospatent has fully upheld the UEFA complaint, and any legal protection for a copycat Russian logo has been refused.



Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russian sport Russian business    

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