Posts Tagged ‘COC’


January 25, 2010

I’m thrilled to report that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has reached an agreement with the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) ! In a press release (.pdf file) from earlier today the CCHA reports

They have acknowledged that our use of the torch and flame logo, which we’ve been using for six years, does not infringe on their own branding. They have simply requested that we include our name along with the logo so as to avoid any confusion. We have used our logo in this way in the past so are content with this request.

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance goes on to thank the Executive Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Mr. David Bedford, for quick action.

He took the time to learn more about the CCHA and to understand why we chose this logo and what it means to congenital heart patients.

The CCHA also acknowledges… us! Not me, not this blog, but all the people around the world who brought this matter to the attention of the COC.

We especially want to thank the many people (from around the world!!) who have supported us by inundating the COC with letters and emails. The support has been absolutely astounding, and it clearly helped to get this issue resolved quickly.

Olympic Committee beats up CHD survivors

January 25, 2010

Well don’t this just about take all!

Our friends to the North – the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) – have a great logo. It’s a torch, and the “flame” coming out of this torch is an upside down heart. CCHA’s torch has been burning since 2004.

Until now. The CCHA recently received a letter from The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), of all places. It seems the Olympians are really confused, and somehow think that you (the general public) can’t tell the difference between the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance’s torch logo and the Olympic Flame!

You have got to be kidding me!

Creekside, a website covering this nontroversy, hit the correct amount of sarcasm when they wrote:

Well you can see the Olympic Committee’s point. Just imagine thousands upon thousands of tourists trudging up the stairs to the CCHA’s suite in Oakville Ontario only to discover that the congenital heart patient advocacy group has no luge, no ski hills, no skating rinks, nor even any of those peculiar hello kitty mascots. What an embarrassment for Canada that would be.

But it gets even better! The COC have filed a protest with Canada’s trademark office – long after the fact. The way I understand it, you have to protest a trademark within one year of the mark being filed. CCHA has been using their torch for six years now, so you’d think the protest period is long closed. But apparently if you are the Canadian Olympic Committee, you don’t have to play by the rules. You just say “Hey! That group is using a torch logo! That’s not fair!” And since you are the biggest game in town, everyone is supposed to kiss your butt.

If you read the letter from the Canadian Olympic Committee (.pdf file) you’ll see that COC proposes a “resolution” to the “problem” that looks more like a list of demands. I hate to tell you this, Canadian friends: To the average person, it looks like a bunch of thugs are running your Olympic Committee’s Legal Department.

Honest men and women living under the Maple Leaf Flag need to step in and restore some sanity to the world. The first (and best) thing you can do is convince the COC to just drop this matter. Nobody likes a bully, and this certainly has the appearance of the big, strong Olympians doing their best to pick a fight with the Congenital Heart Defect survivors. A full page ad in the major newspapers apologizing to the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance for the “misunderstanding” would be a nice touch, also.