Belgian designer Olivier Debie said the original Tokyo 2020 logo resembled his Liege Theatre design ©Tokyo 2020/Liege Theatre

Belgian designer Olivier Debie has still not resolved his plagiarism conflict with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the initial Tokyo 2020 Emblem, he has confirmed to insidethegames.

The graphic designer began a lawsuit in August after claiming that the initial logo, designed by Kenjiro Sano, was overly similar to one he created for the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium.

He launched his case in conjunction with the Theatre, the copyright holder of the logo, demanding €50,000 (£36,000/$56,000) to be paid by the IOC and other organisations each time the emblem is used.

Japanese organisers eventually scrapped the logo following the allegations and are currently in the final stage of a process to select a replacement.

Debie, who continued his case despite the Theatre dropping theirs in September, is hoping to come to an arrangement with the IOC rather than continue his case, due to the logo no longer being in use.

He has been unable to successfully do so far, however. 

"My lawsuit against the IOC is still ongoing, but actually, even if I win, it doesn’t make sense anymore to continue," Debie told insidethegames.

"The logo Tokyo 2020 has been retired and has been used for only one month.

"I just hope an arrangement with the IOC but they are very hard in business."

Belgian designer Olivier Debie claims he has still been unable to reach an agreement with the IOC ©Getty Images
Debie claims he has still been unable to reach an agreement with the IOC ©Getty Images

He added that an agreement had been proposed between the IOC and Debie's lawyer in which he also had to sign an embargo about the case, but that the offer was refused.

The IOC are yet to respond to insidethegames' requests for an update on the case.

This comes as Tokyo 2020 Organising pledged to release four shortlisted designs for their new logo, once they have verified they do not infringe with other trademarked designs in Japan and across the world.

The four were chosen after an extensive selection process, with nearly 15,000 entries received before the closing date on December 7 after the competition was opened up to all Japanese citizens over the age of 18.

Candidates have gradually been whittled down to four, with a final choice to be made in the spring.