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Old 07-20-2012, 08:03 AM
Marat Marat is offline
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Hi everyone!

Could you please take a look at my question below?

We are almost done with a game called 'Olympic Pandaboy'. Of course, we were concerned about using the adjective Olympic for the game title because of the following:

Here is a text from the IOC Charter (p.19):

http://www.olympic.org/Documents/olympic_charter_en.pdf

"4. The Olympic symbol, flag, motto, anthem, identifications (including but not limited to “Olympic Games” and “Games of the Olympiad”), designations, emblems, flame and torches, as defined in Rules 8-14 below, may, for convenience, be collectively or individually referred to as “Olympic properties”. All rights to any and all Olympic properties, as well as all rights to the use thereof, belong exclusively to the IOC, including but not limited to the use for any profit-making, commercial or advertising purposes. The IOC may license all or part of its rights on terms and conditions set forth by the IOC Executive Board."

...which means that it's kinda illegal to use the word 'Olympic', the Olympic flame, Olympic rings in the game itself and its description.

However, we have tried to look for something specific about 'Olympic' trademark and copyright data but it was all in vain

Also we found quite a few apps, games, containing the word 'Olympic' on App Store/iTunes. Some are free, some are paid. In some of them they obviously refer to the Olympic Games, some - indirectly, skillfully avoiding "exclusive the IOC's" words and symbols of Olympics. I doubt that all the devs contacted the IOC and asked for permission to use the words and symbols.

What do you think guys? Will we be rejected by the App store review team if we use such a name 'Olympic Pandaboy'???

We are planning to submit the game to App Store on Monday... and we have already created Fb and Twitter accounts named Olympic Pandaboy Lol)))
http://www.facebook.com/OlympicPandaBoy
https://twitter.com/OlympicPandaboy

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Old 07-20-2012, 11:54 AM
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This is a tricky grey area when it comes to the IOC and the Olympic "brand". At the Vancouver 2010 Olympics they were absolute trademark Nazis forcing companies to change their names when they've had these names for years.

I can confirm that there are a very healthy amount of apps already in store that use Olympics in the app name or keywords. One can hope that the IOC and their lawyers have not been tech savvy enough to deal with the usage of Olympics in software. But I would not be surprised one day if they do a massive cease and desist action through Apple. Though with the London Olympics just around the corner, this cease and desist should have happened already or be happening now. As it gets closer to the London Olympics without any legal issues arising then I would feel much comfortable that your app is safe from legal ramifications.

The best advice I would offer you is that have a back-up name ready to go. Including updates to art assets, logos etc.

G'luck
DP


Edit: Sorry I just re-read your post again and realized I didn't answer your question regarding submission to Apple for review. I don't know the contents of your game, but I'm guessing you would be ok as long as you're not submitting something that is related or loosely related to the current London 2012 games in terms of references and settings etc.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:59 PM
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Also, you can always misspell it. "Olimpic", for instance :P
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:32 PM
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Chances are you will get bounced as Apple get especially picky about this stuff close to the events themselves.

Outside of worrying about app approval, you are likely going to end up infringing on trademarks of one or more parties, as "Olympic" in various forms is a registered trademark around the world in a multitude of product and service categories. And presumably you are using the word "olympic" because you want to capitalise on the brand which isn't going to sit well with parties you are infringing against who will want to demonstrate willful infringement.

You should always be doing trademark checks at sites like http://www.uspto.gov/ when you are trying to first name your game. Not when you are submitting it for the App Store.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:29 AM
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Olympic the brand of noone mentioned above. Its a "brand" belonging to Greeks and specifically to the city of Olympia. And they are by evidence kind enough to provide all the world (including you) the rights to use freely it...
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:57 AM
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Edit: Sorry I just re-read your post again and realized I didn't answer your question regarding submission to Apple for review. I don't know the contents of your game, but I'm guessing you would be ok as long as you're not submitting something that is related or loosely related to the current London 2012 games in terms of references and settings etc.
well... haha) yes, our game is related to the Torch relay 2012. Pandaboy is supposed to bring the Flame to London. *Fingers crossed we'll be fine*
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:59 AM
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Also, you can always misspell it. "Olimpic", for instance :P
Yup, we thought about that actually. And also thought we could change the colors of the Rings if needed
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:13 AM
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You should always be doing trademark checks at sites like http://www.uspto.gov/ when you are trying to first name your game. Not when you are submitting it for the App Store.
Thank you for the link! I searched there and came across some cases. However, if we get bounced, we have Plan B with the game
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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Short answer, yes, as long as you don't use their symbols, like the well-known Olympic rings.

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http://www.inta.org/TrademarkBasics/...rademarks.aspx

4. Are there exceptions to these rights?

The word Olympic may be used, without sanction, to identify a business or goods or services if:

1. such use is not combined with any of the Olympic trademarks
2. it is evident from the circumstances that such use of the name "Olympic" refers to the naturally occurring mountains or geographical region of the same name, and that it does not refer to the Corporation or to any Olympic activity
3. such business, goods or services are operated, sold and marketed in the state of Washington, west of the Cascade Mountain range, and marketing outside this area is not substantial

Also, any use of Olympic commencing before September 21, 1950, may continue. It is important to note that each country in which the Olympics are held may enact specific legislation governing the use of the Olympic trademarks and other Olympic insignia. Expert advice should be sought from local attorneys in the jurisdiction where the Olympic games are scheduled to be held.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:59 AM
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Devcade, thanks a bunch!
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