Irish firm wins in row with Scientology

Business World, Ireland/October 9, 2009

A leading Irish recruitment agency has won a highly unusual tussle with the quasi-religious cult, the Scientologists.

Prosperity Recruitment had applied to register the trade mark of its own name: "Prosperity".

However, objections arose as the Church of Scientology has a similar trade mark relating to the word "Prosperity".

The objection said that Prosperity Recruitment's activities were too closely described to the Scientologists!

After much difficulty, Dublin-based Prosperity was successfully able to overcome these issues with the trade mark office and its trade mark will now be officially registered and protected.

Prosperity Director, Gary Mullan said: "It is amusing that an Irish recruitment company's services could be considered to be a close match to the goods and "services" described by the Scientologists".

He went on to say that: "Prosperity Recruitment aims to promote a different kind of Happiness - one that is all the more in demand in this current economic climate".

Earlier this year, The Church of Scientology went on trial in Paris accused of organised fraud.

Both the French and German States regard Scientology as a cult, not a religion.

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