Steve Jobs Was Trademarked In Turkey By A Textile Merchant

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In the United States, Apple vigorously protects their treasured founder, Steve Jobs, from the sort of jackals and graverobbers who want to steal his likeness, name or other rights to make a quick buck. Let’s hope Apple has the same pull in Turkey, because someone there has managed to slip a “Steve Jobs” trademark through the Turkish patent office.

According to a report by Patently Apple, a businessman by the name of Kamil Kürekçi has been granted the trademark “Steve Jobs” by the Turkish Trademark Office, in relation to a brand of textiles or line of clothing. The patent was filed in late October, 2011, shortly after Steve Jobs’s death.

The owner’s statement concerning the trademark makes it clear this isn’t a misunderstanding: he’s hoping to capitalize upon Jobs’s international reknown.

Opening overseas with this name will be an advantage for us considering that we will be mainly exporting. We think that Steve Jobs is a worldwide known brand that will never be forgotten. It is also obvious that it will facilitate our work on overseas advertisements of our products.

Nothing facilitates your work overseas more than being sued by Apple, am I right?

  • bdkennedy

    What a bunch of idiots.

  • Eric

    I see dumb people. In every race, gender and creed. lol Turkey, your a turkey.

  • pcextra_online

    This news is lacking some deep info regarding patent applications in Turkey. Kamil Kürekçi’s application is not fully granted. ?f Apple makes rejection before 19th of February 2013, TPO (Turkish Patent Office) will further investigate the case. If not; we can see black turtnelneck sweaters with a Steve Jobs brand on it in Turkey.
    source: http://pcextra.com.tr/haber/2013/02/apple-itiraz-etmezse-steve-jobs-bir-turk-markasi-olacak/

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