EU Court Denies Attempt To Trademark Soviet Symbol

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT) -- A European Union court on Tuesday rejected a company’s bid to trademark the Soviet sickle and hammer, saying the Communist-era symbol could not be trademarked because some countries still viewed it as offensive and have banned its use.

The EU General Court denied Couture Tech Ltd.’s motion to annul an earlier decision by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market that barred the company from obtaining a community trademark for the iconic coat of arms, which would be enforceable throughout the European Union. 

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