‘Osho’ brand belongs to Zurich entity, rules European Court
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’.
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.”
The statement said that the court’s ruling explicitly prevents anyone from attempting to exploit the worldwide recognition of the brand name. The Zurich foundation is the guardian and source for Osho’s work, the statement said.
The foundation, has emphasised that it is the “sole and registered owner of all of the copyrights to all the published and unpublished words, literary works and other creations of Osho in all mediums, including audio recordings and video.”
It has emphatically stated that it owns the trademark OSHO in more than 40 countries, many classes and for many products and services.
The opposing group of Osho’s followers , based primarily in Pune and New Delhi, have filed cases in the Bombay High Court accusing OIF trustees of forging Osho’s will and theft of Osho’s intellectual properties.
Petitioner Yogesh Thakkar (Swami Premgeet) has accused the trustees of illegal diversion of original recordings of Osho and funds to Europe.