Calling the attention of the UK Intellectual Property Office: what were you thinking? In a Reddit post, u\/AlarmingAdhesiveness posted a bleeped out letter threatening the user\u2019s Etsy store for selling items bearing \u201cthe Bitcoin trademark,\u201d which the sender states is owned by their client. This is baffling because Bitcoin and its logo are public domain. Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge True enough, a search of the trade mark number on the UK\u2019s official Intellectual Property Office website turned up a registration for the term \u201cBitcoin,\u201d along with a ridiculously long list of practically every apparel, food item, drink, and whatever else the people at A.B.C. IPHOLDINGS SOUTH WEST LLC could think of. See \u201cList of Goods\u201d section of the trade mark registry. Click image to enlarge Apart from Bitcoin, A.B.C. IPHOLDINGS SOUTH WEST LLC also trademarked \u201cWestworld\u201d in March this year, two years after the launch of the Westworld series, a modern series version of the 1973 HBO film. According to a report by Crypto Disrupt, they did a little more digging and found that the trade marks were owned by a Norwegian man named Kjell Halvor Landverk\u2014whose presumably self-written Wikipedia page \u201cmay not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for biographies,\u201d as Wikipedia\u2019s disclaimer states. \u201cThis article contains content that is written like an advertisement,\u201d Wikipedia flagged a warning on Landverk\u2019s page\u2014the existence of which is questionable in itself as these pages are usually reserved for actually relevant or well-known personalities. And most have never heard of Landverk until today. Ultimately, Landverk\u2014or anyone in the world\u2014has no viable claim over the term \u201cBitcoin,\u201d as it is a public, open-source technology.\u00a0 Some have pointed out that this is similar to someone trademarking the words \u201cdollar,\u201d \u201cInternet,\u201d and other generic terms and therefore, the trademark is unenforceable. But while it has been a common thing to see random people on the web trying to take ownership of Bitcoin domains and other well-known terms in an attempt to exploit something they did not make, the biggest question here is: what was the UK Intellectual Property Office thinking? It\u2019s not like Bitcoin hasn\u2019t made the news over the past nine years, right? Anyhow, this \u201ctrademark\u201d is obviously void and subject to invalidation and inevitable deletion, just like Landverk\u2019s self-promoting Wikipedia page.