Jägermeister logo does not offend Christians, court rules
The logo for the popular alcoholic drink Jägermeister was found not to be religiously offensive by a Swiss court earlier this week.
Judges in Switzerland rejected Monday a case brought by the country’s Federal Institute of Intellectual Property demanding the emblem be restricted because the image was offensive to the religious beliefs of some citizens.
The institute said the image – a stag with a cross between its antlers – could offend the country’s Christians due to the religious symbol on the bottle’s label and had blocked attempts by the German brand to expand its trademark beyond alcohol and clothing.
An institute in Switzerland said the logo — a stag with a cross over its head — could offend the country’s Christians due to the religious symbol on each bottle. They had blocked attempts by the German brand to expand its trademark. (Jagermeister)
Judges said while the story behind the logo comes from an old Christian tale, the modern consumer associates it with the alcohol.
They ruled the “intensive” use of the image by Jägermeister had “weakened its religious character” over time and no one was likely to be offended, according to Swissinfo.
The logo’s origin stems from the eighth-century legend of St. Hubertus.
Considering it’s now the 21st century, judges ruled Jägermeister is free to use the logo for all promotional activities and products in Switzerland — including cosmetics, mobile phones, or telecommunications services.