UK Company Acquired “Bitcoin” Trademark
May 28, 2018
A company from the UK has registered trademark “Bitcoin” and threatened to sue the seller of t-shirts with this print. This was reported by the owner of the business at Reddit.
On Friday, May 25, the owner of Etsy shop received a letter with demand to withdraw all the products with illegal image and deliver them to the rights holder. In case of failure the latter one would sue the shop.
“I didn’t believe it at first since I knew that bitcoin and the bitcoin logo are public domain, and even a similar trademark application in the US failed”, he said.
As it turned to be later, “Bitcoin” trademark was successfully sold to A.B.C. IPHoldings South West LLC, while application for a patent was filed on December 27, 2017.
It became known that rights holder is an affiliate firm to Monolip LTD that rented mail address at Mail Boxes office in London.
Note that A.B.C. has got another patent application for acquisition of “Westworld” trademark titled after the name sake series by HBO. It was published on the UK Patent Office website and not reviewed so far.