Trademark 'Caliphate' O.T.O.

Trademark O.T.O.

A research by Leslie Anne Childress

How the 'Caliphate' could claim to be a "religion" AND a "trade" (i.e. commerce) at one and the same time? Anyway look at the bottom of their new revised home page at and it says,

"Template "index.html" last modified on Friday, May 09, 2003. All material © 1996-2003 by Ordo Templi Orientis. Ordo Templi Orientis, OTO, and the OTO Lamen are registered trademarks of Ordo Templi Orientis. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica is a registered trademark of Ordo Templi Orientis USA. Webmaster email: "

Has anyone tried to look up 'exactly where' these alleged trademarks are registered? CAN someone actually register something like the 'OTO Lamen' considering it was in the public domain (I believe)?

Well I have verified that OTO — in Canada and I assume in Switzerland too since the head office is Swiss — is NOT a 'registered trademark' of the 'Caliphate'...

I found the USA registry, the Swiss OTO is registered there too:

and, surprisingly, the registration of trademark of O.T.O. by the bezerklians is actually "dead" (???) since 1998...

very strange that it would be "cancelled/dead" and yet mentioned on their website as a "registered trademark", well I think so, anyhow...

Now this is interesting, it was only published four days ago for 'opposition' — which I assume means that one could legally challenge the registration:

what I find hilarious is the "playing cards" bit on both registrations!

The disclaimer is good, nice to know they aren't claiming exclusive use of the Catholic Church bit! LOL!

Also, in Canada, the little dog is registered as an "OTO logo design" TM, I thought it was cute :-)


wonder why the 'Caliphate' let the "OTO" name lapse? maybe that's why there is so much interest now in promoting themselves as a "Thelemic Community"... (?)


i had lots of trouble with their [TESS] search, then i had a thought, to try looking for Trademarks owned by "Ordo Templi Orientis". The list shows 11 that they own....

here's two more, one is the one that is "dead" since May 4,1998 and the other, surprisingly, lists Bill Breeze as the "Attorney"

That one is still "live", too... but it's "O.T.O." with the periods.... I haven't yet looked at all the other 8 most of which are "dead" anyway, but so far I haven't found them owning the "OTO Lamen" as a Trademark, anywhere...

ok in case you want to see the other docs, i will tell you how to get there...

go here:

on the left-hand side of the menu, click on "search trademarks" under "Services" (it's right at the top) — i think they log you in there, which is why you couldn't follow my links before....

now you are on a page that says

"Select the Search Form"

i chose "New User Form Search (Basic)" — this takes you to the "Search page". There seems to be a problem with their database, because I kept getting error messages when I typed in "O.T.O." no matter which browser I used, so that's where I decided to type in "Ordo Templi Orientis" — in the "Field" menu I put "owner name and address" and that brought me to the page that listed the 11 that they own... (which is attached).... once you get the list you can access the registry information...

OTO dead
OTO live

hahaha the date "First used in Commerce" is 1919.... and the date first in use is 1912!

Remark by PRK: The Lamen was designed in 1893/1894 by Gabriel Albinet for Joseph Péladan's french Rosicrucian Circle, 3e Salon de la R+C. The Founder of the O.T.O., Theodor Reuss first used it in 1906, Crowley pretended to be the inventor of the lamen although he became a member of the O.T.O. in 1910. And secondly — their registry for the O.T.O.: dated January 1906. This proves that they were and are aware that the logo was used in the 1906 constitution. Several years before Crowley became a member.

OTO lamen

i was thinking today how nice it is that the public can access all sorts of information esp. such things as corporate documentation...

Leslie Anne Childress, May 2003.
See also the Moosejumps.

Some background information

Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth? — Introduction

the Maine decision 1984   [to the disfavour of the 'Caliphate']      |      the California decision 1985  [to the favour of the 'Caliphate']
Purchase of the copyrights on Aleister Crowley from the Official Receiver (OR)
The 1999 Particulars of Claim ['Caliphate']
Financial Reports 1996-1999 of the 'Caliphate'
Erraneous opinion on the International Copyright Situation. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
What the 'Caliphate' does not want you to know . Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Crowley's Probate. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
'Caliphate' Capers. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000. Based upon a draft by James Graeb
Structure, Constitutions and Money. Partly written by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Library of Congress, letter dated September 6, 2000
2000, July: An analysis of the Bylaws of the 'Caliphate' and its Board of Directors. By James Graeb
2000, July: Incorporation of O.T.O., Argentum Astrum and E.G.C.
2000: "Caliphate-O.T.O. Win" and the The Writing on the Wall. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Court Order of October 2000
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the 'Caliphate', a lawyer, calls the 'Caliphate' a "Puppet Show Piece" and files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001
The 2002 Ruling
The Summary so far

Ordo Templi Orientis - Trade Mark - Starfire Publishing Limited

Kenneth Grant Aossic Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
Kenneth Grant
John Symonds Aleister Crowley The Great Beast King of the Shadow Realm
John Symonds
Francis King
Francis King

Some Things

Court Case H.J. Metzger vs Walter Englert in the 1970s
1991 Opinion of a German prosecuting attorney's office on the body of the 'Caliphate' Erfahrungsbericht eines O.T.O.-Mitglieds im Zusammenhang mit dem Gerichtsprozess 'Caliphat' gegen Hänssler-Verlag, 1990 Unsuccessfull attempt in Yugoslavia
Censorship in the UK
The "Caliphate" Book Patrol: Fahrenheit 418
Paul Joseph Rovelli versus the 'Caliphate', New York January 2000
1998, July 17 - 2000 October Austrian situation on Copyrights     [German and English]
Trademark O.T.O.. By Leslie Anne Childress
2007 'Caliphat' Kasino in DeutschlandEnglish translation: 2007 'Caliphate' Casino2008: Honesty is the best Policy: 'Caliphate' O.T.O. / William Breeze lost in a legal case Deutsche Version: Ehrlich währt am Längsten: Warum der O.T.O. gegen P.R. Koenig verlor

Items of Historical Interest

In 1930, Karl Germer sent a description of the Aleister Crowley LTD. to Fernando Pessoa
Karl Germer, L. Wilkinson and Lady Harris

Other Background

The 'Caliphate'
Discussion about the  instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of such discussion
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.
Minutes of the 11 IX°s 'Caliphate' election in 1985 where it was clearly said that the 'Caliph' is not the juro OHO
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana — Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping. 2011. Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis – Oscar Wilde: Ambition is the last resort of failure
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.

More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz

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