I’ve wondered about this in the past – Apparently the Olympic Committee has threatened to sue Olympic Provisions if they didn’t change their name.
Olympic Provisions is changing its name to Olympia Provisions, it was announced today. Since 2009, Olympia Provisions has recreated old world meat products using local, high-quality ingredients, and will continue this tradition under its new name.
The original name for the Portland, Oregon based company came from the Olympic Cereal Mills building, an iconic neighborhood landmark built in 1920, and the location of Olympia’s first restaurant and meat plant. The name change came about as a solution to a specific trademark law stipulation, which was brought to Olympia’s attention by the Olympic Committee last year. Changing one letter allows Olympia to continue creating uncompromising products while still referencing its beloved home region.
“It is important that our customers know that not one thing has changed in our recipes, process, or approach to what we do. Quality is our greatest goal every day. We built our business on this and we are unwavering,” said Elias Cairo, Co-Owner and Head Salumist, Olympia Provisions. “This small change in name is just a minor hurdle for our growing company, and we’re focused on making the best meat in the nation.”
a fish says
Gee-zuz! Hows about if the Olympic Peninsula sues the Olympic Committee to force them to change their name? Huh? I’ll take a guess that the peninsula has been around a lot longer than some stupid committee. Then Olympia Provisions can threaten to sue the Olympia Committee for trademark law violations. Maybe we’ll have the Olympit Committee come into being. That’ll create a windfall for the t-shirt and hat manufacturers, so who’s to argue with that?
Neither the Olympic Peninsula nor anyone/anything else has a federal statute dedicated to protection of a word.
But the IOC does (36 U.S.C. 220506(c)), and the statue has been upheld by the S.Ct.
It’s a BS statute that goes well beyond TM law that applies to everyone else, and it enables IOC to do crap like this.