May 292012

London, May 29 (ANI): On Wednesday, a florist, who is Lisa Cross, had hung the Olympic rings, which made from tissue paper, in her shop ahead of the Olympic torch arriving in London as it breached trademark laws.

The crackdown was ordered by games organiser Locog, which called for a check on the unauthorised use of Olympic logos ahead of the arrival of the torch relay.

“People have come into the shop and told me the display looks absolutely brilliant,” she said.

“One woman came in and picked up a torch, which is part of the display, and asked if she could buy it. I had to tell her I needed it. It is made out of card and tissue. It didn’t cost much but it was very time consuming. I don’t know what to do with it now.

33-year-old lady was warned by two officials to either move it immediately or face legal action by official sponsor Coco Cola – even though the Olympic relay will not pass her store.

“I just couldn’t believe it when these two officers turned up and said I was breaking the law,” the Sun quoted her as saying.

“They said Coca Cola owns the copyright of the Olympic ring design because they are the official sponsors, and they would sue me. I’m only a little business, and being sued by a huge company like them would wipe me out – it’s terrifying.

“One of the officers even told me he liked the display, but that it would have to go. I was just trying to help people get into the Olympic spirit – I haven’t used it to advertise my own products, I was just trying to support Team GB,” she said.

“It’s very frustrating because all it was there for was as a display. I wasn’t making any money from it or advertising anything. I had no idea I was breaking any rules,” she said.

“Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis, but in general we will pursue a course of education, rather than litigation,” the spokesperson said.

A Locog spokesperson added: “Wherever Locog or trading standards officers see unauthorised use of the word ‘Olympics’ or registered trademarks, we will take the time to explain to the business owner why they cannot do that. (ANI)

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