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With a huge trademark portfolio to defend, FIFA has to think carefully about which registrations to oppose, but won’t tolerate blatant infringement, as Daniel Zohny, senior legal counsel, intellectual property, tells WIPR.
$550,000 is the amount FIFA, the international governing body of football, invests each day in football development. Likewise, the organisation’s intellectual property team has oversight of a wealth of trademarks and is prepared, if necessary, to put all of its resources into defending its rights.
“If a trademark application is a blatant copy, we would file an opposition right away; it is something we cannot tolerate,” says Daniel Zohny, FIFA’s Zurich-based senior legal counsel, intellectual property.
“But in general, it’s a last resort,” Zohny says, as the formal process can “take ages” and normally the “easier way is to find a solution with the other party”.
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