Monday, 18 August 2008

World Cup Woes

FIFA's many trade mark applications and registrations in South Africa, in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, are looking less secure after reports that the OHIM Board of Appeal upheld Ferrero's objections to the FIFA community trade mark registrations for the German 2006 Soccer World Cup. The Board of Appeal cancelled five word marks, including World Cup 2006, Germany 2006 and World Cup Germany. The decisions have not yet been posted on the OHIM website but will no doubt make interesting reading when available. And while they have no legal effect here, they will be of persuasive value should any attack on FIFA's South African rights be launched.

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