Regarding Olympic symbols

Infringement without likelihood of confusion or how congress has created broad protection for the Olympic symbols. The Amateur Sports Act of 1978 crafts an exception for the usual requirement of likelihood of confusion in a determination of trademark infringement. In pertinent part, the Act states that without the consent of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Olympic symbols, (i.e., the familiar rings and other symbols of the Olympics) are reserved. Any person who uses these Olympic symbols, without consent of the USOC, for the purpose of trade or to induce the sale of goods or services, or the like, is subject to civil litigation. In other words, there is no need to prove likelihood of confusion, as would normally be the standard, in order to prove trademark infringement in the case of the defined Olympic symbols.