BUSINESS
09/20/2011 10:03 EDT | Updated 11/20/2011 05:12 EST

European Court Rejects Attempt To Trademark Soviet Hammer And Sickle

BRUSSELS - Two decades after the fall of Communism, the hammer and sickle is still off limits to capitalist ownership.

An European Union high court Tuesday rejected a company's attempt to trademark the Soviet symbol, saying there is still too much opposition.

The court has confirmed a decision by the EU trademark office.

It says the trademark sought by Couture Tech Ltd., a Tortola, British Islands-company linked to an unnamed Russian designer was "contrary to public policy and to accepted principles of morality" in Hungary.

The court assessed Hungary as a first case and did not look at any other member states.

A rejection in any member state is enough to reject the trademark completely.