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A citizen of Aichi Prefecture, selling pin badges with the word “TOKYO 2020” has been arrested.

The word “TOKYO 2020” is a registered trademark owned by the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, the detection of infringement of the word mark “TOKYO 2020” is the first case in Japan.

The suspect denied the charge and told he did not think the word “TOKYO 2020” is a trademark.

Brand Protection Standers of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games specifies that all intellectual properties including emblems, logos and designations relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, are legally protected in Japan by the Trademark Law, the Unfair Competition Prevention Law and the Copyright Law.