First to score, first to file: trade marking goal celebrations at the World Cup

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Your IP Insider was supposed to be investigating the latest IPR developments in China and Southeast Asia but despite all best efforts, our attention keeps getting drawn to a little event starting in Brazil on Thursday….

Following the London 2012 Olympics, China saw a rush of applications to register Usain Bolt’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ celebration as a Trade Mark (note that Usain Bolt did not apply). That got us thinking; who has a goal celebration that would be worthy of trade marking? In the past there have been some famous candidates (think of Bebeto’s 1994 ‘Baby-rocking’) as well as some that were more, well, infamous (Peter Crouch’s 2006 ‘Robot’, anyone?!). Below are five celebrations that could make it into the global consciousness if their perpetrators have a successful tournament.

Picture source: Anos Noventa

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