The non-existent Fethullah Gülen lipsticks or the condoms bearing the name of the leader of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) will remain that way apparently, as authorities moved to abolish the products' copyrights, according to the Sabah newspaper.
Companies linked to fugitive imam Gülen, who is accused of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, have registered the 75-year-old retired imam's name in the past for use on commercial products to avoid its patenting by those not linked to the cult. So far, no products have been manufactured by these companies with Gülen's name, but this did not stop them from registering the unmarried cult leader's name for use on a condom brand and a line of cosmetics.
As authorities investigate the financial arm of the powerful cult, which runs several business conglomerates in Turkey and abroad, its patenting affairs are now in the spotlight. İdris Özyol, the editor-in-chief of a local magazine in the southern city of Antalya, learned in 2008 that meddling in Gülenists' affairs is dirty business. After Özyol photoshopped the image of a generic-brand box of condoms with a photo of Gülen for the cover of his magazine for a story on an Antalya-based company that uses Gülen's name in patenting affairs, police confiscated all issues of the magazine upon complaints from Gülenists.
The Turkish Patenting Institute, a state-run patent office, has registered four Gülen brands for products like a photocopier, a satellite dish, a digital scoreboard, lipstick, shower gel and soap since 2003. Two brands became invalid because a product was not manufactured by the legal deadline. One of these brands was discontinued and the remaining two will be cancelled upon completion of the legal process.
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