Archive for the ‘Official Marks’ Category

Olympic Legislation Compromises Free Speech and Procedural Fairness

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

In its October 25th, 2006 Annual Report, the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) announced its intention to implement special legislation to protect the Olympic brand and to prevent ambush marketing of its sponsors for the period leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics. As a result, on June 22, 2007, Bill C-47, the Olympic and ...

J&J suing the American Red Cross over use of emblem – is that obscene?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

For more than a decade one of the world’s most recognized emblems – the red cross on a white background – has been shared amicably between the commercial giant health care company, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and the non-profit help organization, American Red Cross (ARC). J&J has used the symbol on its commercial products ...

Red Cross sued over use of emblem

Monday, November 12th, 2007

As I understand it, the American Red Cross (“ARC”) licensed its mark to companies (to be used on emergency/safety kits) for a fee which went to fund its disaster-response efforts. Johnson & Johnson (“JnJ”) is suing the ARC and its licensees over its use of the mark which it ...