The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has stripped British street artist, Banksy of his trademark on one of his most famous works Flower Thrower in Jerusalem, because he refused to disclose his identity, the Guardian newspaper reported.
In 2014, the Pest Control Office company on behalf of Banksy applied for registration of the trademark in the EU for the work Flower Thrower, which the artist painted in Jerusalem in 2005. The request was approved. However, two years ago, Full Colour Black, a company that produces postcards, challenged this decision, stating that it too must be able to use the image of the painting, because the artist is anonymous.
The Network discusses the theory revealing the identity of the artist Banksy.
This week the EUIPO ruled against the artist, ruling that “it is impossible to identify him as the undisputed owner of such works because his identity has not been disclosed. “Banksy has decided to remain anonymous and, for the most part, to paint graffiti on other people’s property without their permission instead of painting on canvas or their property,” the agency noted.
As lawyers say, the EUIPO decision means that now the artist may lose the right to other works. It is emphasized that it can be challenged. Pest Control Office, representing the interests of Banksy, did not respond to the request for comments.
Banksy is an English artist of mystery, provocateur, and joker who has changed the mass idea of street art. His ironic works against politics, war, capitalism, and morality are hunted by journalists, photographers, vandals, art critics, and collectors. Banksy’s works have repeatedly gone off the hammer for six figures.