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Dutch artist attempts to register Allah as a trademark

Monday 07 January 2013

A Dutch artist is attempting to register the name ‘Allah’ as a trademark with the Benelux intellectual property office in The Hague, the Telegraaf reported on Monday.

Amsterdammer Teun Castelein told the paper it is an ‘incredibly beautiful name’ and that he is surprised no-one has registered the name before.

However, the 32-year-old’s €250 efforts to exploit the name Allah are likely to fail. According to the registration document seen by DutchNews.nl, the application has been tagged ‘preliminary decision to refuse’.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Castelein better just stick to making beer: http://indie-brands.com/pages/indie-brands-profile-halbe-beer

By Bob | 7 January 2013 4:04 PM

Why on earth do people do things like this? It's either extreme provocation or just a smart ass 'artist' trying to make a name for himself. Idiot.

By Nika | 7 January 2013 5:24 PM

The name ALLAH is sacred to Muslims. By registering it as a brand, this Mr will Have a justification to use it anyway he wishes with a legal protection. So, depending on his intentions, we might see this sacred name attached to unethical brands and publicities and you name it, which certainly might offend many, though it should not. Thus, I am personally NOT against depriving this guy's right to register the name, but those in charge might have another thought about his move.

By thoughts and words! | 7 January 2013 9:53 PM

@Nika i'm muslim and i agree with you 100/100. thank you.

By amine | 8 January 2013 8:46 AM

If he wanted to register the name of 'Jesus', it would be just fine, people would snigger and move on. Because, its ALLAH, he may cause offence. People respect Muslims because they stand up for their faith, they do not tolerate disrespect at all. Well done Islam.

By An inconvenient truth | 8 January 2013 11:35 AM

People "respect" muslims because the religious ones, or shall I say Islam, tends to behave like a bully. Most christian churches did that for a long time too, but they've grown out of it.

By radu | 9 January 2013 2:58 PM

@radu - Churches have grown up?

Like still deciding whether they should allow women to be priests? Or allowing gay people to marry? Or how about 'naming and shaming' those who wish to leave them?

Grown up my foot.

By Nika | 9 January 2013 10:57 PM

Nika, I didn't mean - nor say - they've grow up, I meant they were simply over it.
I completely agree that they've not grown up at all. If they had, they'd have hanged their hats already and stopped selling the same old BS.

By radu | 10 January 2013 9:38 AM

My response wasn't published, here's another try: I didn't mean to say they've grown up, because when that would happen, they'll simply dissolve. I just meant to say that although blasphemy is still illegal in places like Ireland, the Church doesn't go around ordering people killed like it did 300 years ago.

By radu | 10 January 2013 5:30 PM

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