The Olympic rings partially fallen! (Decision on Cancellation No 3 689 C)

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Once again, we are faced with the cancellation of a trademark that all indications were that it would be untouchable. The EUIPO decided otherwise and in March this year pronounced the partial revocation of the trademark registered by the IOC in 1998 in classes 1 to 45.  This case raises several questions, in particular how the IOC could have lost its rights when it has important defensive means at its disposal, including the 1981 Nairobi Treaty and certain national laws on such a world-famous trademark?