Trading Standards: prosecution against trademarks

Wed, 23/07/2014

The former director of a company has been prosecuted by Trading Standards following the seizure of items from their shop in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street during the London 2012 Olympics.

Officers seized the company’s own brand t-shirts featuring a London Bus, a Panda and the words ‘Olympic 2012’. The word Olympic is protected and it is an offence under the Olympic Symbol etc Protection Act 1995 to use such a word without authorisation.

Further t-shirts bearing the word Batman and the bat logo were also seized under the Trade Marks Act 1994 along with children’s hoodies with hood cords which were a strangulation hazard and toy panda dolls with incorrect safety labelling. 

On the 19 December 2013 at Southwark Crown Court the defendant was found guilty on 8 counts and changed her plea to guilty on 2 further safety counts in light of the guilty verdicts.

On 22 January 2014 the defendant was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to 100 hours unpaid work, a fine of £500 and forfeiture of the goods. The court had been made aware that the defendant is now subject to an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

You can read more information on the Trading Standards Team here

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