Businessman felt harassed by JWs, so he found that word marks "Der Wachtturm" and "Erwachet!" (German versions of "The Watchtower" and "Awake!") were not registered, registered them on his behalf, and is now offering JWs to buy them if they want to keep their magazine's current names.
Quite possible that he'll lose in court, but still ...
Patent on "Watchtower" and "Awake" :
Entrepreneur Secures Jehovah's Brands
For the magazines "Wachtturm" and "Erwacht", the trademark rights are held by a Bavarian entrepreneur - Jehovah's Witnesses are outraged.
An entrepreneur from Bavaria has secured the "Watchtower" and "Awake" trademarks from the German Patent and Trade Mark Office. The names of the two Jehovah's Witness magazines. According to Tuesday's photo, Thomas Resch from Hauzenberg cites intrusive Jehovah members at his front door, an incident in the summer of 2017, as the reason.
As the Springer newspaper reported on Tuesday under the headline "Awakening at the Patent Office: Entrepreneur tricks Jehovah's Witnesses", the 47-year-old entrepreneur is now offering the brands he has secured for sale. The tabloid depicts Resch with the two documents of the Patent and Trade Mark Office of June 2017.
Naturally, Jehovah's Witnesses are excited; the picture says a spokesperson that the patent office should not have granted the request. And: "We call on Mr. Resch to surrender the illegally and maliciously obtained trademarks immediately."
According to the newspaper, the entrepreneur feels he has the right to wait for a "good offer" from the religious community to show himself ready to talk.
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