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If Satoshi Nakamoto Didn’t Register Bitcoin (BTC) as a Trademark, Who Did?

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Bitcoin, as the first and the original coin representing a prototype of a blockchain-based digital asset that has set all standards for the future coins that came after BTC several years later, seems to be registered as a trademark. That is no wonder as all teams have registered their ICOs while branding their ledgers, assets, and platforms in order to make the rights to these assets visible to the eye of the public. Now, Bitcoin has been a long-term favorite of many crypto enthusiasts and programmers, however, the person who registered Bitcoin seems to have nothing in common with the blockchain industry or Bitcoin.

Who Registered Bitcoin?

Everything started out when a merchant on the well-known online shop, called Etsy, was notified that he will be pursuit by the law in case he continues to sell t-shirts with the name Bitcoin on it.

The merchant got a letter that stated that IP-Holdings will be legally pursuing him in the following period unless the merchant doesn’t pull the t-shirts out of the sale on Etsy. The t-shirts were being sold to Bitcoin fans and had Bitcoin logo and name on it.

It seems that the mentioned merchant did have to stop with his offer on Etsy as IP-Holdings, which is a London-based company that doesn’t have anything to do with Bitcoin, has registered Bitcoin as their trademark and branded the coin as the original property of IP-Holdings.

One is for certain and that is that whoever stands behind the IP-Holdings, can’t possibly be the father of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, who should be the only rightful owner of the first digital coin ever to be issued.

However, it is a commonly known case that no one knows who Satoshi Nakamoto is, and those who might hold some information are keeping their silence for 10 years already.

So, it is less likely that we are going to find out who stands behind this alias any time soon.

But, as Satoshi Nakamoto is nowhere to be found, and has no interest in branding his own creation, it seems that anyone could have done that instead of them.

IP-Holdings seem to be one of the rare companies that made it in this devour.

That means that the brand of Bitcoin is now an official trademark of IP-Holdings, in accordance with the information found at the British Intellectual Property Office.

There you can find the information that Bitcoin is registered under the number UK00003279106, which means that the name of Bitcoin officially belongs to the London-based IP-Holdings.

Whether the company is lawfully entitled to trademark this brand despite the acceptance from the British Intellectual Property Office, still remains to be discovered.

Before this company has successfully registered Bitcoin as their own trademark in December 2017, two more companies, one based in London and the other in Russia, tried to list Bitcoin as their trademark back in 2015, but have failed in doing so, since their request was denied.

So, why IP-Holdings stand for the first company ever that has made it with successfully registering Bitcoin as their trademark?

The Bitcoin Foundation replied to this case that they believe that the name of Bitcoin shouldn’t be owned by anyone, which is in the spirit of the decentralized nature of this digital asset.

Regardless of their opinion, IP-Holdings are sending letters to anyone using the brand of Bitcoin, threatening with lawsuits and claiming their rights.

It does make you mad unless of course, you have anything to do with IP-Holdings.

How is Bitcoin doing at the Current Moment?

Bitcoin seems to be hitting low for the past couple of days, especially now when we can see it falling below the price of 7.500$ per one unit, which is probably the lowest of BTC we have seen in a while.

Still ranked as the top coin according to the global coin ranking list, BTC is currently dropping due to the most recent market trend, while it is trading in the red.

Following the latest change in the market, Bitcoin can be traded at the price of 7.152$ per one unit, which is obviously still far from its all-time high of over 20.000$ per one unit, which also marked the golden period for this crypto.

Now, for a reason still unknown, we can see it falling far below its all-time high while the dropping is interrupted only with an occasional bounce off that doesn’t last more than 24 hours as per the usual case in the last couple of weeks.

Do you believe Bitcoin will be able to retain its old glory when it comes to its price in the market and the market demand?

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3 Cryptocurrencies Most Likely to Follow Bitcoin’s Performance

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For more than a year, the cryptocurrency market has been dominated by bearish influence, with most coins seeing constant drops, or stagnation, at best. This all changed in the past few months, starting with Bitcoin which once again started leading the market up, bringing one minor rally after another.

BTC itself experienced massive losses in 2018, with its price going down by around 84%. Most other coins among the top 10 mirrored its performance, and some of them experienced even greater losses. However, now that Bitcoin sees gains again, these cryptocurrencies are still following its example, and many of them have seen massive breakouts. Some of the more notable altcoins that followed Bitcoin’s recent example are Ethereum (ETH), Stellar (XLM), and Cardano (ADA).

Ethereum performance mirroring Bitcoin’s price

As mentioned, Bitcoin led every rally so far, but before it did, its price first went through what is known as an ascending triangle pattern. The pattern held for around five months, which is exceptionally long for the crypto world. However, once the pattern was finally broken — the coin’s price skyrocketed, more than doubling itself within only two months.

One thing to note is that Ethereum performed in pretty much the same fashion. After five months of struggle and confusion for investors, the second largest cryptocurrency also managed to break the pattern and skyrocket as well. It…

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4 Reasons Why the New Bitcoin Rally Is Unlikely to Stop Now

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After more than a year of declining prices, the crypto market is finally seeing a period of serious recovery — one that has already brought digital currencies to heights not seen in over half a year now.

Only days ago, Bitcoin surged past several major resistance levels and managed to exceed its yearly high of over $8,000. Already, many skeptics are predicting the soon end of the bull run, and the possibility of yet another sharp decline. However, there are signs that suggest otherwise — that this bull run is only getting started, and that it will not end anytime soon.

There are four reasons why this is the case, and they are as follows:

1) Bakkt

There is the long-awaited Bitcoin futures exchange, Bakkt, which recently announced that the July test date for Bitcoin futures is soon to be set. Bakkt’s launch was delayed multiple times already, so the announcement came as quite a surprise. However, it appears that it will happen quite soon, after all.

As soon as its arrival becomes a certainty, Bitcoin will likely skyrocket even further, just like gold did when gold ETF appeared in 2013.

2) Bitcoin completely ignored the hacking of Binance

Binance has been the largest crypto exchange by trading volume for a while now, and as such, many expected that, if anything were to happen to it, Bitcoin…

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The New Rally Has Arrived: Crypto Market Cap Goes up by $24 Billion Within a Day

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The crypto market’s recovery progresses further, and at a rapid pace, at that. Bitcoin has just surpassed the $8,000 mark, which is the first time its price has been that high since July of last year. In addition, the entire crypto market is making billions within hours.

Bitcoin (BTC) sees another serious surge

In the past 24 hours, the total crypto market cap has gone up by around $24 billion. Meanwhile, BTC price has grown by $1,000 within the same period, as the largest coin traded barely above $7,000 on early Monday. At the time of writing, the coin’s price sits at $8.014.31, with a 14% growth in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the BTC market cap has gone up to $141.85 billion, and even the coin’s trading volume surged to over $31 billion.

While many are wondering whether this is a return to the massive heights seen back in 2017 or only a temporary surge which will soon see a correction — no signs of an upcoming decline have been noticed as of yet. In fact, new heights were made and then exceeded multiple times in the past week, with a massive 33% gain during that time. And, with Bitcoin’s dominance at 60%, many are expecting that massive altcoin surges are to be expected as well.

The growth of altcoins can already be seen, as Bitcoin

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