Here is a brief overview of what’s being claimed and the real facts. "This is being offered in the hopethat truth can act like a breath of fresh air to free up the space for OSHO to flower in a dazzlingvariety of ways around the world.
Since the 1970s OSHO’s name and meditation techniques have been trademarked.
OSHO’s meditation techniques have never been trademarked. (See His quote about thatbelow.) In the late 1970s a couple of OSHO groups attempted to register trademarks for "Rajneesh"for their own specific goods and services, but those trademarks were never used and there’s noevidence OSHO even knew about them. No one before OIF ZURICH has ever attempted to use atrademark to monopolize the use of OSHO’s name or control OSHO centers. No one ever assignedlegal rights in OSHO’s name to OIF ZURICH.
You don’t understand what meditation is. It is nobody’s belonging, possession. You cannot haveany copyright. Perhaps if your country gives you trademarks and copyrights on things likemeditation, then it will be good to have a copyright on stupidity. That will help the whole World tobe relieved... Only you will be stupid and nobody else can be stupid; it will be illegal.
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih, Chapter 26, Q 1
OIF ZURICH trademarked OSHO when OSHO changed His name.
OIF ZURICH could not have "trademarked" the name OSHO when OSHO changed His name in1989 unless OIF ZURICH owned exclusive rights in the name OSHO at that time, which it did not. If OSHO had wanted to, He could have assigned the rights in his new name "OSHO" to OIF ZURICH orsome other person or group to use as a trademark, but OSHO chose not to assign the name toanyone. Instead, OSHO asked all the people who had been using His personal name, Rajneesh, intheir work, to use OSHO instead. This is a use exactly opposite to a trademark use.
"In particular, trademark law allows the Foundation to act against people who misuse thename OSHO. For example, anyone changing any of the OSHO meditations, and still presenting themas "OSHO" meditations, can be stopped from putting the title "OSHO" on the changed meditation."
OIF Zurich has not been able to do this till now and will not be able to do this legally. OSHO’smeditation techniques have been in the public domain since the 1960s. This is because OSHO openlyencouraged people to take the techniques and teach them to others without exercising any controlover them. OSHO never assigned ownership in the techniques to anyone else. No entity, includingOIF ZURICH, can now take the meditation techniques out of the public domain and claim to own orcontrol them. A trademark registration would not give OIF ZURICH control over the meditations. TheUS Trademark office has already pointed out to OIF ZURICH that it does not own the meditationtechniques that have been widely used for many years.
Trademarks allow OIF ZURICH to "protect" OSHO by controlling claims people make aboutOSHO, such as false claims that He created certain meditations or did artwork.
Trademarks have absolutely nothing to do with historical people. Even if a trademark is thesame as the name of a historical person (George Washington. Lincoln. etc.). If people make falseclaims about the person OSHO, His estate might be able to take some action, but a trademark holder