Texas Business and Commerce Code
Sec. § 16.105
Olympic Symbols


(a)

Without the permission of the United States Olympic Committee, a person may not, for the purpose of trade, to induce the sale of goods or services, or to promote a theatrical exhibition, athletic performance, or competition, use:

(1)

the symbol of the International Olympic Committee, consisting of five interlocking rings;

(2)

the emblem of the United States Olympic Committee, consisting of an escutcheon having a blue chief and vertically extending red and white bars on the base with five interlocking rings displayed on the chief;

(3)

a trademark, trade name, sign, symbol, or insignia falsely representing association with or authorization by the International Olympic Committee or the United States Olympic Committee; or

(4)

the words "Olympic," "Olympiad," or "Citius Altius Fortius" or a combination or simulation of those words that tends to cause confusion or mistake, to deceive, or to suggest falsely a connection with the United States Olympic Committee or an Olympic activity.

(b)

On violation of Subsection (a), the United States Olympic Committee is entitled to the remedies available to a registrant on infringement of a mark registered under this chapter.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 248, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 563 (H.B. 3141), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2012.
Sec. 16.106. FORUM FOR ACTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION; SERVICE ON OUT-OF-STATE REGISTRANTS. (a) An action to require cancellation of a mark registered under this chapter or in mandamus to compel registration of a mark under this chapter shall be brought in a district court of Travis County. In an action to compel registration of a mark, the proceeding must be based solely on the record before the secretary of state.

(b)

In an action for cancellation, the secretary of state may not be made a party to the proceeding but shall be notified of the filing of the complaint by the clerk of the court in which the action is filed and shall be given the right to intervene in the action.

(c)

In an action brought against a nonresident registrant, service may be made on the secretary of state as agent for service of process of the registrant in accordance with the procedures established for service on foreign corporations and business entities under the Business Organizations Code.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 248, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 563 (H.B. 3141), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2012.
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