A truck company filed an application to register a trademark for use on its toy trucks
A truck company filed an application to register a trademark for use on its toy trucks. The United States Olympic Committee (“USOC”) filed an opposition to the registration of the mark, arguing that the USOC both owned and used the mark.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determined that there had not been any trademark violations of the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1998 (OASA) as the mark the truck company intended to use would not confuse a
connection to the Olympics. Therefore, it granted the truck company’s application.
The USOC appealed to the Court of Appeals which determined that the OASA granted the USOC exclusive rights to the use of trademarks, trade names, signs, symbols or insignia associated with the Olympics. The court held that the USOC was not required to show that the truck company’s use of the mark would likely cause confusion and reversed and remanded the case.
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