2020 Logo Disqualified

Even the world’s most creative minds can get it wrong. Kenjiro Sano the designer appointed to design the official logo for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan has withdrawn his logo only a month after its launch amidst allegations of Copyright.

Claims have been made that the logo, a “T” shape representing Tokyo and a red circle similar to the Japanese flag is very similar to one created by Belgian designer Olivier Debie for the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium in 2013.

Copyright can exist where the work reaches a requisite level of creativity and does not have to have a registered Trademark, although many do. Copyright does not generally protect a name, colour or design of a logo and so any logo which does attract Copyright status would have to be ornate or artistic.

Trademarks when registered normally protect the identity of a business in the marketplace, therefore Trademarks can have more broad protection than Copyright. But if a logo has artistic merit and it is original then any use of it or similar to it, which is not fair use, could fall foul of breach of Copyright.

If in your business you face claims of Copyright or Trademark breach or you believe another is breaching your rights, it is important to get early legal advice to put a prompt stop to any misuse and limit any claim for damages.

Manisha Modasia at Forbes Solicitors specialises in Emergency Litigation involving Intellectual Property Disputes and can be contacted on 0800 689 0831.

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About Manisha Modasia

Manisha Modasia is a Solicitor within the Dispute Resolution department at Forbes Solicitors. Manisha’s blogs cover her specialism in advising individuals, partnerships and company’s on contract disputes, recovery and disputing debts, emergency injunctions and remedies when facing disputes both business to business and business to consumer this includes also commercial agents disputes, intellectual property disputes and disputes arising out of contested wills. Manisha also writes about key changes in the law and regulations in relation to civil and commercial claims and case law which impacts on the Dispute Resolution.
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