A number of blogs have published the news about a Turkish businessman who allegedly registered “Steve Jobs” as a trademark. I am not entirely convinced the story is entirely true. At least not yet.
The trademark databases of the Turkish Trademark Office indeed show a pending application for “STEVE JOBS.” In fact, there are two separate applications owned by apparently different individuals. But I see no confirmation that either of those marks has been registered yet. See for yourself:
You can find a few bloggers who say that because the trademark database shows the date of protection, this is evidence that the marks are registered. But that is not how trademark laws work. The “date of protection” is simply a legal term which in this case means that as soon as the marks are registered, they will be protected retroactively as of the filing date. But the marks still need to be registered first, and based on the records available online, the marks do not appear to be registered yet.
It seems a bit premature at this point to talk about any “Steve Jobs” registrations in Turkey. There are too many ways things can go wrong for these applications, and the marks may never even mature to registration. Let’s wait…