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    Italian mountain areas call for a dedicated ministry


    Italy’s Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani ( Uncem), the national organization of mountain municipalities, is calling for the creation of a new post of minister or undersecretary for mountain areas – “Ministero alla Montagna e alle Aree Interne” (Minister for the Mountains and Internal Areas), it suggested. The ...

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    Ukraine imposes sanctions on Sportmaster


    Sportmaster-Ukraine has been included in a list of sanctions imposed on Feb. 19 by the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council through a presidential decree notified to Sportmaster Operations Pte . the company based in Singapore that controls Sportmaster’s operations outside Russia. The sanctions have been levied against Sportmaster ...

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    Crocs may have won the battle for its clog’s patent


    A panel of three judges in a U.S. Federal Circuit court confirmed a previous verdict by the Trademark and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office ( USPTO ) that validated Crocs ’ core patent (N° D517,789) on its clogs. The board had responded to an appeal ...

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    Peloton wants Mad Dogg’s Spinning trademarks cancelled


    Complaining that Mad Dogg Athletics has been “abusively enforcing” the trademarks it registered in the U.S. for Spin and Spinning , Peloton has asked the Trademark and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office ( USPTO ) to cancel them. Peloton argues that the ...

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    Frasers takes a hit with English retail lockdown due to end on Apr. 12


    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that non-essential retail stores may reopen in England on April 12 after having been closed since Jan. 4 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms are also due to reopen on that date. Like in other ...

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    Tokyo 2020 appoints new female president


    Seiko Hashimoto , a former Japanese minister and seven-time Olympian, has been appointed as the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee. She replaces the 83-year-old former president, Yoshiro Mori , who quit earlier this month after causing a firestorm of critiques internationally for ...

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    +++ Macron has applied for and obtained the ISO 9001:2015 certification, a standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system, from the Italian office of TÜV Rheinland Italy +++

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    Italy blocks the reopening of ski lifts


    Ski resorts were supposed to reopen in Italy on Monday, Feb. 15, but the Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza , abruptly signed a decree on Sunday, extending the ban on recreational ski resorts until at least March 5, in connection with the spread of the British variant of the coronavirus ...

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    Some internet platforms will have a harder time in Germany


    German authorities have passed an amendment to the German Competition Act, published in the Federal Gazette on Jan. 19, that will allow the country’s strong Federal Cartel Office (FCO) to ban large internet platforms like Amazon from engaging in certain types of conduct much earlier than before. The ...

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    Council of Europe adopts two resolutions on sports


    The 16th Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport of the Council of Europe has adopted two resolutions . The first one, titled “A European approach to sport policies: the revision of the European Sports Charter,” is meant to “facilitate access to sports for all layers of society,” largely through investments ...

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    Another legal victory for the Moon Boot


    Tecnica Group has won a second court verdict in Italy to protect the intellectual property rights behind its Moon Boot , and it is now planning to carry the fight to other countries as well, starting with Germany and Italy. The Milan Tribunal ruled on Jan. 25 that the ...

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    New Balance wins a $3.9m lawsuit against a Chinese copycat


    New Balance has won another trademark lawsuit in China against New Barlun , a footwear maker based in Fujian, and its distributor Shanghai Shiyi Trade . The Shanghai Huangpu District Court awarded New Balance 25 million renmimbi (€3.2m-$3.9m) in damages on Jan. 5. According to the Financial Times , ...

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    Mandatory shoe tagging doesn’t prevent counterfeiting in Russia


    Russian law enforcement agencies have discovered a big store that had been selling fake sports shoes under the guise of famous brands for almost one year in a shopping center in the central Nevsky district of St. Petersburg. It was estimated that the store caused the rights holders damages close ...

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    Fibit and Garmin win an IP round against Philips


    An administrative law judge of the International Trade Commission of the U.S. issued an initial determination that clears Garmin and Fitbit of a charge that they have been infringing on patents held by Koninklijke Philips and its North American subsidiary. In December 2019, the Dutch electronics multinational ...

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    The IOC releases the first Tokyo 2020 “playbook” for safe Games


    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) , the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) have published the first of a series of ”Playbooks” for the Olympic Games , a resource that outlines the responsibilities of key stakeholders in ensuring safe and successful events ...

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    +++ The Government of Quebec has withdrawn its financial backing fir Montreal’s bid to stage matches of the FIFA World Cup 2026 , which will be hosted across Canada, Mexico and the U.S., due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic +++

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    Denmark walks together


    A new initiative was launched on Jan. 25 to get the Danish people to walk more for a month. Working with Danmarks Radio , the national TV station, the Danish Sports Company Association ( Dansk Firmaidrætsforbund ) has asked participants to record how many steps they take daily on ...

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    Sport England names first director of equality, diversity and inclusion


    Sport England has announced the appointment of Viveen Taylor as director of equality, diversity and inclusion, a newly created position. Since joining the English government sports agency in August 2018, Taylor has spearheaded tts work to promote an active lifestyle among lower socio-economic groups. The appointment comes on ...

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    WFSGI adds Jorge Casimiro and Steve Evers to its board of directors


    The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has announced the election of Jorge Casimiro and Steve Evers to its board of directors. Evers, who is the CEO of IIC-Intersport International Corp., replaces Martin Künzi , chief financial officer of IIC, who will remain as ...

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    Sport England unveils 10-year grassroots strategy to tackle inequalities


    Sport England has unveiled “ Uniting the Movement ,” a new ten-year strategy by the government agency to transform lives and communities in England through sports and physical activity. The new vision primarily seeks to tackle inequalities in sport and physical activity, which coronavirus-related disruption in 2020 has further ...