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Tax Law Blog: Taxing Olympic Winnings

You may or may not have known that Olympic medalists receive a cash prize for winning a medal (in addition to the physical medal, the notoriety, and the likelihood of endorsements). U.S. medalists receive $25,000 cash for a...more

There is only one Lord of the (Olympic) Rings…but then there was Sochi

As we have posted about more than a few times on DuetsBlog over the years (like here and here), the OLYMPICS trademark and the Olympic Rings mark are highly enforced marks that uniquely bear special protection granted from...more

The Winter Olympics: A Storytelling Extravaganza

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are filled with timeless lessons about marketing and communications — from the individual athletes, the host country and brand sponsors. This bi-annual global display of athleticism...more

Sochi’s First Meme

It didn’t take long for the Sochi Olympics to produce its first meme. On Saturday night, my girlfriend and I were able to block out the ongoing drama that is Bob Costas’ eye for long enough to watch American figure skater...more

Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

Mark It to Market - January 2014

In This Issue: - How to Use the OLYMPICS/Rings, SUPER BOWL, and MARCH MADNESS Trademarks (Hint: Not Without Permission!) - Trademark Clearinghouse Registrations - Change to the D.O.T. Rule - Generic Top Level Domains...more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) prepares for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (a permanent arbitration institution specialised in the resolution of sports law disputes) opened a temporary office in Sochi, Russia on 28 January 2014, headed by the CAS Secretary General,...more

The Gold Medal Of Trademarks

It’s the season of great sporting events, with the Super Bowl and Olympics just around the corner, and with that comes a host of new advertising campaigns. Companies should beware of infringing on Super Bowl and Olympic...more

Public-Private Partnerships, Putin Style

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just around the corner. It will be the most expensive Olympics in history costing an estimated $51 billion. By way of comparison, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London cost...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Update: Procurement

BACKGROUND - Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July – 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August – 6 September 2020. According to Jacques Rogge, former President of the...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Update Part 2 - Procurement

BACKGROUND - Tokyo will host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July - 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August - 6 September 2020. According to Jacques Rogge, former President of the...more

New International Olympic Committee special unit to combat illegal betting and match-fixing

Senior representatives and stakeholders of the Olympic Movement met on 4 November at IOC headquarters where President Thomas Bach announced the latest measure in the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting. It was...more

Sochi Olympic Committee Serious About Unauthorised Associated Marketing

American lighter company Zippo quickly removed an image from its Facebook page where it suggested that one of the company’s lighter products saved the Olympic torch relay by reigniting the Olympic flame which had blown out...more

Borat’s Home Town Bids for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

The city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, the homeland of the mythical Sasha Baron Cohen figure Borat, has become the first to put itself forward as a candidate city to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games....more

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Update: PART 1: Infrastructure Opportuntities

BACKGROUND - On 8 September 2013, Tokyo was chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo is set to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July - 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August...more

There’s no business, like snow business! Sochi learns lessons from Vancouver

Subtropical Sochi, historically known as the “Caucasian Riviera”, is preparing for any unseasonably warm weather which may hamper its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in February by “storing” nearly one half million tons...more

Wrestling as an Olympic Sport and Declinations under the FCPA

What do the US, Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have in common? Answer: Precious little. However one thing that they do have in common is their vehement opposition to the absolutely idiotic, boneheaded and stupid...more

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