AVENTURA, Fla. – A Miami-area man is seeking to profit from the phrase "Je Suis Charlie," which became a rallying cry after a terrorist attack in Paris that killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
According to a Jan. 16 filing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Latin American Trading Group Inc. applied for a trademark on the words, which translate to "I Am Charlie." The application says the phrase would be used on a range of products.
The company's listed director, Joe Marc Gershon, does not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Friday.
Coral Gables trademark attorney David Friedland predicts the application will not be approved because trademark holders must be the phrase's source.
The satirical French publication was attacked Jan. 7.