California Businessman Files for “I Believe You Zimmerman” Trademark
California – As one of the most despised men in the country was in hiding, a California businessman showed his support by filing for the trademark “I Believe You Zimmerman.” Lawrence Sekara of San Francisco submitted an online application for the trademark for use in four separate classes to capitalize on the name of George Zimmerman, the gunman who shot a Florida teenager to death.
As the controversy surrounding seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death continues, Sekara says that he plans to use the trademark on a variety of merchandise such as beer mugs, bumper stickers, aloha shirts, and other apparel. Reportedly unfazed by the likelihood of being criticized for profiting from the highly publicized case, Sekara claims that he would like to share some of the profits with Zimmerman himself, who has left his job and family to go into hiding. The San Francisco entrepreneur said that so far he has invested $5,000 into the Zimmerman venture.
Zimmerman recently set up a website to solicit donations from supporters for “living expenses” and “legal defense.” Zimmerman has cited Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in his self-defense claims as to why he shot the teenager.
On the same day Sekara filed the trademark with the USPTO, he also registered the domain name ibelieveyouzimmerman.com.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the slain teenager, has also filed trademark applications as a result of the tragedy. Fulton filed for the phrases, “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon” in the class covering DVD’s and CD’s. Some speculate that the filings are her attempt to profit from her own son’s death, while Trayvon supporters argue that she is using them to spread the word about racial profiling.
Now that it is certain that Zimmerman will be charged in Trayvon Martin’s death, Trayvon supports appear to have some justice.
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