|Stratford's distinctive "Cafe Olympic" may have to be|
pulled down because it looks too much like the
nearby Olympic Stadium, say legal experts ...
The owner of Café Olympic, Kamel Khichane, claimed Newham Council had only advised against use of the Olympic Rings [which just goes to show that, if you want reliable intellectual property advice, the place to go is probably not Newham Council]. Kirsten Gilbert (partner at Marks & Clerk Solicitors, which supplied this information) comments:
“Businesses such as Café Olympic and its neighbours the Olympic Café and Olympic Internet need to be aware of the potential illegality of their names. Newham Council, as the local council to the Olympic site, must do its best to educate local traders to ensure that they are aware of the trade mark protection surrounding the Games. ...
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has very wide ranging powers to ensure that no-one piggy-backs on the event [not so fast, says, the Kat: piggy-back races have yet to achieve Olympic recognition!] to violate sponsors’ rights. When assessing a potential infringement, LOCOG will be looking at whether a person or company is looking to create an impression of association so businesses will need to tread very carefully.
“The case of Café Olympic serves as a warning to businesses hoping to benefit from the Games [unless, of course, they happen to be the sponsors].”Greasy Spoon here
Wooden Spoon here
UK Competition Commission here and here
Cat Olympics here