Panelist doesn’t question trademarks for dead drug lord.
Pablo Escobar has returned from the grave.
The notorious Colombian drug lord may have died in a shootout in 1993, but his intellectual property and holdings live on through Escobar Inc.
Escobar Inc. filed a cybersquatting claim with National Arbitration Forum, arguing that the owner of PabloEscobar.com was cybersquatting with his ownership of the domain name. According to the decision, the domain owner was asking $3 million for the name.
Panelist Terry Peppard didn’t question Escobar Inc’s trademark claims and the domain owner didn’t respond. I don’t know that I would have, either.
Due to some untimely deaths, Escobar Inc. went under the radar for a while. But it was reincorporated in 2014, at which point it applied for intellectual property related to Pablo Escobar. Then it started litigating its rights, including suing Netflix over its show Narcos.
Among the fields of use for its trademarks are balloons, toys and games, and prize ribbons. You know, stuff you’d associate with Escobar.
Its latest businesses? Cryptocurrency (why not) and flamethrowers.
Escobar Inc’s website brags about earning over $100 billion since it was established in 1984 (before Pablo’s death).