Sochi 2014 Ensures Protection of the Olympic Logo
Sochi, Russia, October 5, 2006 – Sochi 2014, Russia’s Bid to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, recently received a firm commitment from the Russian government that they will do their utmost to protect the Olympic logo and emblem, should Sochi’s Olympic Bid be successful in July of 2007.
On September 20th, the Russian Parliament gave its preliminary approval to a strict new law on intellectual property rights. The law is set to “strengthen the struggle against counterfeiting in every possible way,” according to the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev. The new law on intellectual property rights lends momentum to Sochi’s Bid to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as protection of Olympic Marks is a key element in the bidding city’s Candidature File to be submitted to the International Olympic Committee in January of 2007.
The Russian legislation currently in effect has a full range of regulations ensuring maximal and comprehensive protection of the Olympic symbol, motto, flag, hymn, the terms “Olympic” and “Olympiad”, as well as other Olympic designations and Olympic-related marks on the territory of the Russian Federation. The new measures taken will reinforce the existing regulations and bring Russian law in line with European standards.
Dmitry Medvedev had the following comments to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, regarding the new law:
“We are taking upon ourselves obligations... to fight against counterfeit production. For the first time, we are introducing the confiscation of property and liquidation of firms that violate intellectual property rights in cases of gross violations in this sphere.”
The basic regulation providing and guaranteeing on the Russian territory the protection of the IOC’s rights to the Olympic symbols is Federal Law No. 80-FZ of April 29, 1999, “On Physical Culture and Sports in the Russian Federation”. Should Sochi win the right to host the 2014 Olympic and Paralymic Games, this law together with the newest law on intellectual property rights would ensure the complete protection of the Olympic symbol and all Olympic-related marks and designations.