Couple Trying To Trademark Bitcoin Via Dubious Claims

from the any-penalties-for-such-filings? dept

Via Slashdot we learn that someone has filed for a trademark on the word Bitcoin.
The Slashdot report claims that it's the lawyer, Michael S. Pascazi, filing for the trademark, but it's at least a little more complicated. It looks like Pascazi is acting as counsel for Magellan Capital Advisors. However, it does appear that Pascazi may have some further direct connection to Magellan, as the example of "first use" in commerce sent with the trademark filing is a letter from Magellan to some guy (Michel Mouchon) offering to sell "Bitcoin"... and the letter is signed by Celine M. Pascazi, which the Slashdot report says is Michael's wife. Furthermore, Pascazi's law firm has put up a pdf file touting the benefits of Bitcoin, and noting that Bitcoin is pending trademark to Magellan. On top of that, the pdf lists Celine Mouchon Pascazi as working for the Pascazi Law Offices.

Mouchon? Oh wait. Michel Mouchon is the person the original offer was made to... I'm sure that's just a coincidence, right?

Yeah, it's not hard to put two and two together here. I mean, just the fact that they're claiming the first use in commerce was June 22nd of this year should lead to the application not passing the laugh test. But I do wonder, are there penalties for trying to mislead the USPTO in a trademark filing?


Filed Under: bitcoin, celine pascazi, michael pascazi, trademark
Companies: magellan capital advisors, pascazi law


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  1. identicon
    dwg, 8 Jul 2011 @ 8:58am

    Re:

    Wait, I don't understand: are you claiming that you're the first person to utilize the phrase "My sister has worked on [sic] a K Street law firm for years"? First of all, I totally have senior rights to all phrases about your sister. And second, dude, it's first used IN COMMERCE that gets you usage rights, and first use IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE that gets you registered.

    Maybe you should talk to your sister a little more before mis-educating the public. Or maybe I should.

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