New Zealand High Court Sides Against Mormon Church In IP Challenge


A New Zealand High Court found in favor of Robert Sintes for his use “family search”. Sintes of Auckland, is the owner of familytracing.co.nz which specializes in locating the living lost. The LDS Church owned Intellectual Reserve, Inc. (IRI), objected to his use of the phrase “family search” on his website. IRI, owns the LDS Church’s intellectual property, including copyrights and trademarks. IRI, was seeking to avoid confusion by both groups using the same phrase on their websites.

familysearch.org is a free family research service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the public.

1 thought on “New Zealand High Court Sides Against Mormon Church In IP Challenge”

  1. Much case law suggests the Mormons attempts to take possession of words in common use was doomed to fail.
    Why was so much money wasted that could have been used for Mormon welfare,? is a question on many Mormons lips.

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