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UEFA on losing streak with another strike back from US Copyright Office

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 26 September 2018

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UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, you would have thought wouldn’t struggle to successfully protect their IP.

However, after a recent failure to register their Starball logo with the US Copyright Office, UEFA have not given up and kicked back with a new application.

This new application is to protect none other than the actual Euro Trophy.

UEFA claimed that the trophy should attract copyright protection.

The claim didn’t get off to the best start, as it was initially refused registration in 2017. UEFA appealed this, stating that the trophy was not a standard trophy vase as it had twisted handles.

The US Copyright Review Board considered this and stuck with the Office initial decision, standing that the shape of the trophy overall is the same as Greek and Etruscan pottery.

Trying to salvage the application, UEFA brought a number of decisions issued by the Office to the Review Boards attention in an attempt to change their opinion. However, the Board was not receptive to this and stated that the application should be considered and decided on its own merits.

In conclusion, the Review Board stated that the modifications to the standard shape and the etchings are not enough to satisfy the creativity test and therefore the trophy cannot attract copyright protection.

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