Belgian Judges Endorse Bookmakers In Trademark Fight

A court of appeal in Belgium has struck a blow against sporting organisations’ attempts to charge gambling companies a fee for the right to use their names and events for taking bets.Football clubs such as Juventus, PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto had taken leading online betting operators, including Bwin, William Hill and Unibet, to court in a dispute over the use of their names on websites.

The court in Liège concluded that gambling was a completely separate business activity to the organisation of sporting events and therefore organisers and clubs had no right to charge money.

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