The trade name claim filed on Thursday to lock down the rights to the phrase “Occupy Denver” has been withdrawn.
According to a filing on Saturday morning with Secretary of State’s office, the attorney who had filed the original claim withdrew.
9NEWS first reported on this story on Friday.
The trade name claim didn’t come from movement organizers, but from the address of a law firm run by a prominent supporter of Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Hickenlooper and Hancock have been strongly criticized by Occupy Denver protestors for their handling of the weeks-long encampment in downtown Denver.
“It struck me as strange,” Occupy Denver protestor Jason Roth said. “I doubt that it’s a coincidence because of the connection between these people and our elected representatives.”
Just as an aside — this is an example of good journalism, something rarely seen in corporate-controlled local media markets. Good on 9NEWS for following this story.