A company from Belgium named ‘CKL Holdings N.V. naamloze vennootschap (nv)’ has applied for about 68 trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Most of the applications were made in the past few months and the trademarks are not yet registered.
I got the tip from John Berryhill, an Intellectual Property Lawyer, that posted about the company’s applications on Twitter.
Many of the 68 applied marks are for first names like Kevin, Ashley, Ryan and Paul. My favorite is “F.” that was applied for “Provision of business and commercial information; business consultancy services; assistance and advice regarding business organization and management; advertising; market research and marketing studies; office functions; compilation of computer databases”.
The 68 trademarks include 10 domain names like rome.com, tokyo.com, hongkong.com, munich.com and other major world cities. Some of the domains are owned by major domain investing companies like Reflex.com and Telepathy.com (owned by Nat Cohen).
CKL Holdings N.V is the company that filed for a UDRP for the domain name zero.com that was and is still owned by Google. The UDRP was terminated a few days later. I guess they got scared when they found out they were going up against Google. They still have 2 active complaints for the domains: flammea.com and gerodi.com. (BTW gerodi.com is expired)
CKL Holdings N.V. is owned by Michael Gleissner. Michael Gleissner is also the CEO of Fashion One. General Counsel – Intellectual Property Attorney at CKL Brands LLC & Fashionone Inc. is Jonathan Morton. Fashion One Television Limited also filed a UDRP for the domain name apollo.com that was also terminated.
The company has also applied for 24 trademarks (including flammea and gerodi) in Europe. Some applications have been registered since 2003 and later. A couple of 2016 applications have been opposed. (for Anna and Mugamera)
These people are ill advised and are up for some very expensive lessons. There will certainly be much more on this story in the next few months.
Here is a list of the recently applied for marks in the US: