Feb 2, 2022

Champi(gn)ons League Winner

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), organisers of the Champions League football competition has backed down in a trade mark dispute over German “Champignons League” Pizza. UEFA has reportedly confirmed they can “happily live alongside” the mushroom pizza.

Pizza Wolke, a small pizzeria in the town of Giessen in Germany named a pizza dish “Champignons League” which translates to mushroom league in English. This was lost in translation however as UEFA initially translated it as trouble for the Champions League trade mark.

Local trade mark lawyers for UEFA had written to the German restaurant and pizza supplier Pizza Wolke in the wake of the trade mark application being filed, politely requesting they withdraw its application in the German trade mark office. However, UEFA followed up with a statement confirming that whilst it takes the protection of its intellectual property rights seriously, this is a case in which representatives have acted too hastily.

Fans have been supportive of the pizzeria on social media, one fan even branded UEFA “so out of touch with reality it’s shocking.” Luckily, UEFA has accepted there is enough champignons league to go around.

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in: Case Law, Companies, Legal News, News, Trade Marks

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