Media Watch Osho TM & © — 15 October 2017

The court dismissed the petition by Osho Lotus Commune, Cologne (Germany), against the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the trademark case. The Cologne commune had bitterly contested the ownership of the ‘Osho’ trademark by the OIF, Zurich. Abhay Vaidya in Hindustan Times, Pune, on October 13, 2017

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In a major development, Osho International Foundation (OIF), Zurich, the owner of all the intellectual property of the Indian mystic Osho, has won a major trademark case relating to the ownership of the word sign ‘OSHO’.

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The General Court of the European Union at Luxembourg delivered a judgment on October 11 upholding the ownership of the ‘OSHO’ trademark by OIF, a foundation under Swiss law, headquartered in Zurich.

The court dismissed the petition by Osho Lotus Commune, Cologne (Germany), against the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the trademark case. The Cologne commune had bitterly contested the ownership of the ‘Osho’ trademark by the OIF, Zurich.

In Pune, Amrit Sadhana from the Press and Media office of the Osho International Meditation Resort, Koregaon Park said in a statement that OIF “has successfully defended its ownership of the mark for all OSHO Meditation Centres, publishers, entities and individuals involved in supporting Osho’s proposal and vision.”

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Note by Osho News: This means that in Europe no one is allowed to use our Master’s name as part of their meditation centre name (more often than not given directly by Osho), unless a ‘licence agreement’ by OIF has been signed, or use the term Osho Therapist if said therapist is not on good terms with the Meditation Resort in Pune. And so on and so forth…

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‘Osho can never be reduced to a brand’ – a letter by Swami Chaitanya Keerti to the Hindustan Times, published on October 15, 2017

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