Markenbusiness reports on the trade mark-related transactions of German football club Borussia Dortmund. The club sold the rights to its trade mark for sports clothing as security for a loan payment in 2000 Now however, it wants to lease the mark back at a price of 1.4million euros per annum. As security for this sum, it is offering the rights to its BORUSSIA DORTMUND trade mark.

…but who is controlling its quality?
The IPKat wonders how, with such complicated transactions going on, the marks in question can really be considered to act as a badge of origin. If consumers knew what was going on, would they really trust the trade marks? If they didn’t their value would be lost and there would be nothing to lease back and nothing to secure the lease against.

More leasing in Dortmund here and here
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