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AN UPDATE ON THE TRADE MARKS OF OSHO AND HIS MEDITATIONS IN THE USA

Zurich files an appeal against the TTAB decision.

Osho International Foundation (OIF), Zurich, filed a Notice of Appeal on March 12, 2009 with respect to the January 13, 2009 decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  OIF filed their appeal in the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. The appeal is about the correctness of the decision rendered by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on January 13.

It may be recalled that in a decision by US Trademark Trials and Appeal Board, part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the United States government on 13 January 2009, established that “Osho” cannot be trademarked. It was in response to the opposition lodged by Osho Friends International (OFI) India, an association of Osho Meditation Centres and Osho lovers, against Osho International Foundation (OIF) Zurich, the Appeal Board ruled that Osho’s name is used to describe the teachings and meditation techniques of the mystic Osho and the spiritual and meditative movement that grew up around him. Since “Osho” does not identify only one Osho group as the source, it cannot serve as a trade mark owned by Osho International Foundation. As a result defendant OIF can not foreclose others from utilizing the term Osho.

It may be noted that soon after “Osho”, the enlightened master, left His body in 1990 Osho International Foundation (OIF) Zurich, started to register the name Osho and  His  Meditations as trade marks in the USA. Friends alleged that OIF attempted to hijack control of the meditative and spiritual teachings of Osho and his movement.

In March 2000, a web site http://www.oshoworld.com dedicated to making the huge volume of Osho discourses freely available on the internet, was served with a notice and pulled down from the net. Relying upon their registrations of trademarks, the Zurich entity tried to force Osho Dhyan Mandir to abandon the domain name http://www.oshoworld.com and transfer its ownership to them. In its verdict on July 28, 2000 the National Arbitration Forum of USA decided in favor of Osho Dhyan Mandir.

When the Zurich entity continued to work towards legal ownership control of Osho movement and centers around the world Osho Friends decided in 2000 to file for cancellation of the said trademarks, the decision for which came in January 2009.