Insane French Company Baits Anonymous by Trademarking "Anonymous"

By Gary Cutlack on at

A bizarre attempt by a French company to register the Anonymous name as a trademark has succeeded, with the firm now owning the rights to create Anonymous merchandise in France. As you might expect, the Anon hackers themselves aren't impressed and will not be buying the t-shirt.

In a video on the subject, users claiming to represent the actual Anonymous collective have claimed that the company, known as Early Flicker or E-Flicker, now "owns the rights to the anonymous logo and slogan," with the trademarking request sailing through the French National Institute of Industrial Property.

Anonymous has threatened the appropriate retribution, saying "Their arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go unpunished. Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet," demanding the registration be revoked and a public apology issued, as part of the Operation AnonTrademark offensive. [The Register]