German businessman registers "Watchtower" and "Awake!" trademarks, expects offer from JWs

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  • processor


    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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  • dropoffyourkeylee

    Lol! Illegally and maliciously obtained?? Says who??


  • The Fall Guy
    The Fall Guy

    Wunderbar Herr Resch!

    I hope you succeed, and I hope you realise that you can name your own price if you do win.

  • sir82

    What nitwit(s) in the German branch didn't trademark the names of their signature magazines?

    And what other countries ( ) would have the same issue?

  • Anders Andersen
    Anders Andersen
    Lol! Illegally and maliciously obtained?? Says who??


    And most likely a judge will agree: registering a trademark while you are fully aware of it being in use already is normally considered 'acting in bad faith' and unlawful. Unless of course German trademark laws are different than anyone else's, but I doubt that.

  • DesirousOfChange

    One would think that the great, all-knowing, omnipotent One who is supposed to be giving his hocus-pocus holy spirit direction to this Borg would have forewarned His Faithful Servants so as to spare them this conflict.

  • waton

    Einstein worked in the Patent and Trademark office, obviously his days are passed.

  • amiable atheist
    amiable atheist

    Time to rebrand that pulp mag from Awake! to a much better fitting Comatose?

    Well done, Mr Reschl! That has certainly caused sort of a kerfuffle in the WT-org.


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