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China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Implements Protection of Olympic & Paralympic Logos

In preparation for the upcoming Olympics, on July 8, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), in accordance with the relevant provisions of the “Regulations on the Protection of Olympic Symbols,”  announced the protection of  the “Olympic Five Rings Logo” and other symbols submitted by the International Olympic Committee in accordance with the law.  The International Olympic Committee shall enjoy the exclusive rights to the above-mentioned symbols from the date of announcement for 10 years. Similarly, the “International Paralympic Logo” and other symbols submitted by the International Paralympic Committee are also protected for a term of 10 years.

 

Per the Regulations on the Protection of the Olympic Symbols, the term of protection is 10 years subject to renewal terms of 10 years each.  Fines for unlicensed commercial of the symbols are up to 250,000 RMB (about $38,600 USD) or up to 5 times illegal revenue.

This follows on the registration of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics mascots and symbols in 2020.  The mascot will be a panda named 冰墩墩 (Bīng dūn dūn) meaning roughly ice pier.

The full lists of protected logos and other marks are available here:

国际残奥会徽记等标志

奥林匹克五环图案标志等标志

 

 

© 2021 Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 193
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Aaron Wininger IP Attorney China Portfolio Development
Director of China Intellectual Property Law Practice Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Schwegman’s Director of China Intellectual Property. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks (wired and wireless), lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.

Aaron prosecutes both Chinese and U.S. trademarks. He has also drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications in a broad spectrum of areas, including computer hardware and software,...

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