The general rule is that you should never buy a buddha for yourself. This would mean bad luck. So, if you want a buddha, just ask for it. We assume that registering a buddha as a trademark, also a form of a monopoly, will lead to some bad luck either.
But until now, no misfortune for the English person who has filed the buddha left as a 3D trademark in the European Union: the trademark has been registered without any problem. The registration covers grains, peat and pesticides. The latter is not very Buddhalike to our impression.
This is a remarkable trademark. Our sister company Onel trademarks has filed a response last year against a refusal of the Benelux mark Allah. According to the Benelux Office Allah would not be seen as a trademark. Apparently the OHIM is of the opinion that this buddha, a well-known religious symbol, can act as a trademark after all.
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“Trademark protection gives freedom to do business.”