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Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act (S.C. 2007, c. 25)

Act current to 2021-06-28 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act

S.C. 2007, c. 25

Assented to 2007-06-22

An Act respecting the protection of marks related to the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and protection against certain misleading business associations and making a related amendment to the Trade-marks Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act.

Marginal note:Interpretation

  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this Act.

    COC

    COC means the Canadian Olympic Committee, a corporation incorporated under Part II of The Companies Act, 1934, chapter 33 of the Statutes of Canada, 1934. (COC)

    court

    court means the Federal Court or the superior court of a province. (tribunal)

    CPC

    CPC means the Canadian Paralympic Committee, a corporation incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, chapter C-32 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970. (CPC)

    Olympic or Paralympic mark

    Olympic or Paralympic mark means, subject to subsection (3), a mark set out in Schedule 1 or 2. (marque olympique ou paralympique)

    organizing committee

    organizing committee means any organization that is recognized, by the COC and a city in Canada elected to host an Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, as being responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of those Games. (comité d’organisation)

  • Marginal note:Words and expressions

    (2) Unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions used in this Act have the same meaning as in the Trademarks Act.

  • Marginal note:Schedule 2 marks

    (3) A mark set out in column 1 of Schedule 2 is considered not to be an Olympic or Paralympic mark after the corresponding expiry date set out in column 2.

Marginal note:Prohibited marks

  •  (1) No person shall adopt or use in connection with a business, as a trademark or otherwise, an Olympic or Paralympic mark or a mark that so nearly resembles an Olympic or Paralympic mark as to be likely to be mistaken for it.

  • Marginal note:Prohibited marks — translations

    (2) No person shall use in connection with a business, as a trademark or otherwise, a mark that is a translation in any language of an Olympic or Paralympic mark.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to an organizing committee, the COC or the CPC.

  • Marginal note:Excepted uses

    (4) Nothing in subsection (1) or (2) prevents

    • (a) the adoption, use or registration, as a trademark or otherwise, of a mark described in subsection (1) or (2) if the person has obtained the written consent of an organizing committee during any period prescribed by regulation or of the COC or the CPC during any other period, and acts in accordance with that consent;

    • (b) the use of a trademark by an owner or licensee of the trademark if an owner or licensee of the trademark used it before March 2, 2007 and the use subsequent to that date is in association with

      • (i) the same goods or services as those for which the trademark was used before that date,

      • (ii) the goods or services in respect of which it is registered under the Trademarks Act, or

      • (iii) any other goods or services of the same general class as that for which it is registered or was, before that date, used;

    • (c) the use of a trademark by an owner or licensee of the trademark if an owner or licensee of the trademark used it before the day of publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette of an order that, by adding a mark to Schedule 1 or 2, prohibits the use of the trademark and the use subsequent to that day is in association with

      • (i) the same goods or services as those for which the trademark was used before that date,

      • (ii) the goods or services in respect of which it is registered under the Trademarks Act, or

      • (iii) any other goods or services of the same general class as that for which it is registered or was, before that date, used;

    • (d) the use by Her Majesty, a university or a public authority, or a person authorized by Her Majesty, the university or the public authority, of a badge, crest, emblem or other mark in respect of which Her Majesty, the university or the public authority, as the case may be, has requested that the Registrar give public notice under paragraph 9(1)(n) of the Trademarks Act, if the notice is given before March 2, 2007;

    • (e) the use by Her Majesty, a university or a public authority, or a person authorized by Her Majesty, the university or the public authority, of a badge, crest, emblem or other mark in respect of which Her Majesty, the university or the public authority, as the case may be, has requested that the Registrar give public notice under paragraph 9(1)(n) of the Trademarks Act, if the notice is given before the day of publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette of an order that, by adding a mark to Schedule 1 or 2, prohibits the use of the badge, crest, emblem or other mark;

    • (f) the use of a protected geographical indication identifying a wine or spirit or an agricultural product or food if the wine or spirit or the agricultural product or food originates in the territory indicated by the indication;

    • (g) the use by a person of their address, the geographical name of their place of business, an accurate indication of the origin of their goods or services, or an accurate description of their goods or services to the extent that the description is necessary to explain those goods or services to the public;

    • (h) the use by an individual of their name; or

    • (i) the use by an individual who has been selected by the COC or the CPC to compete, or has competed, in an Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, or another person with that individual’s consent, of the mark “Olympian”, “Olympic”, “Olympien” or “Olympique”, or “Paralympian”, “Paralympic”, “Paralympien” or “Paralympique”, as the case may be, in reference to the individual’s participation in, or selection for, those Games.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (5) For greater certainty, the use of an Olympic or Paralympic mark or a translation of it in any language in the publication or broadcasting of a news report relating to Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, including by means of electronic media, or for the purposes of criticism or parody relating to Olympic Games or Paralympic Games, is not a use in connection with a business.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (6) For greater certainty, the inclusion of an Olympic or Paralympic mark or a translation of it in any language in an artistic work, within the meaning of the Copyright Act, by the author of that work, is not in itself a use in connection with a business if the work is not reproduced on a commercial scale.

Marginal note:Prohibited acts

  •  (1) No person shall, during any period prescribed by regulation, in association with a trademark or other mark, promote or otherwise direct public attention to their business, goods or services in a manner that misleads or is likely to mislead the public into believing that

    • (a) the person’s business, goods or services are approved, authorized or endorsed by an organizing committee, the COC or the CPC; or

    • (b) a business association exists between the person’s business and the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, an organizing committee, the COC or the CPC.

  • Marginal note:Use of expressions set out in Schedule 3

    (2) In determining whether a person has acted contrary to subsection (1), the court shall take into account any evidence that the person has used, in any language,

    • (a) a combination of expressions set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3; or

    • (b) the combination of an expression set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3 with an expression set out in Part 2 of that Schedule.

  • Marginal note:Proximity to mark

    (3) The placement of an advertisement in proximity to published material — including material published electronically — that contains an Olympic or Paralympic mark or a translation of it in any language is not in itself an act contrary to subsection (1).

 
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