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Beware of Intellectual Property

A Guide for Hoteliers at the Dawn of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games



Intellectual Property: A Guide for Hoteliers at the Dawn of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Introduction to intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) is a set of exclusive rights granted to creators for their works, inventions and symbols. It includes patents, copyrights, trademarks and industrial designs. These rights enable creators to protect and monetize their creations, while preserving the integrity of their works against unauthorized use.

The importance of IP in the hotel industry

For hoteliers, intellectual property is particularly crucial as it concerns the use of images, logos, slogans and protected content on their websites and communication media. Inappropriate use can result in legal action, considerable fines and damage to the establishment's reputation.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games: a special case

in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, hoteliers need to be extremely vigilant about the use of terms and symbols associated with the event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) rigorously protect Olympic brands and terms.

Risks of unauthorized use

  1. Trademark infringement: Terms such as "Olympic Games", "Paris 2024", the Olympic rings, and the official mascots are protected by trademarks. Using these elements without authorization constitutes an IP violation.

  2. Legal and Financial Sanctions: The IOC and OCOG are known for their vigilance and responsiveness to violations. Violators may be subject to heavy fines and forced to withdraw any offending advertising material.

  3. Reputational damage: In addition to financial penalties, hoteliers risk tarnishing their reputation with customers and business partners in the event of IP violations. Transparency and respect for IP rights demonstrate a professional and ethical commitment.

Tips for hoteliers

  • avoid unauthorized use: Do not refer to the Olympic Games or use associated symbols without the explicit authorization of the IOC or the OCOG.

  • Opt for alternatives: Use generic terms and original visuals that do not violate the Olympic IP. For example, instead of "Jeux Olympiques de Paris 2024", use "grands événements sportifs de 2024".

  • Train your team: Make sure your marketing and communications team is well informed about IP and Olympic restrictions.

  • Consult the experts : Call on legal advisors specialized in IP to check that your practices comply with current regulations.


Intellectual property is a complex but essential area for hotel management, especially in the run-up to global events such as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. By complying with IP rules, hoteliers can not only avoid costly penalties but also strengthen their brand image by showing a commitment to legality and ethics. Be vigilant and informed to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by this event without risking costly IP violations.


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