Satoshi ‘Narcomoto’: Before Craig Wright, the Escobar Family Owned Bitcoin’s Trademark
The trademark fight for bitcoin comes from curious beginnings in South America. | Source: Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA / AFP
By CCN: Before Craig Wright, the Bitcoin trademark was registered to none other than the Escobar family. That’s according to official documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which show Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto Escobar, as the former main signatory on Bitcoin’s naming rights.
Bitcoin Formerly Registered to Escobar-Owned Business
The U.S trademark office document 88055293 details the Bitcoin trademark’s former ownership under Coin Legal Ltd – a UK registered company.
Over on the UK company database, Companies House, we see that Coin Legal Ltd was founded in June 2018, and is headed up by director Olof Kyros Gustafsson. This is the same Olof Gustafsson who acts as the CEO of Escobar Inc – as per his Twitter bio:
“Investor, Philanthropist. CEO of Escobar Inc.”
Going back to the U.S trademark office, we see that Coin Legal’s initial application for Bitcoin’s naming rights was signed off by the founder of the company – one not listed on the UK database.
That founder is Roberto de Jesús Escobar Gaviria – otherwise known as El Osito (Little Bear) – the drug kingpin brother of deceased Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
The application for Bitcoin’s trademark was filed in July 2018 – just one month after Coin Legal Ltd registered with UK business authorities. By the time Craig Wright came along with his own trademark claims, Roberto Escobar’s company had been in control of the Bitcoin name for just four months.