Shaolin monks seek trade mark protection

Beijing: Shaolin temple, the home of kung fu, has extended its self-defence strategy from martial arts to trademark protection. Monks at the 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple in Henan province plan to register the Shaolin name in more than 80 countries to prevent what they claim is its improper use to promote cigarettes, beer, lingerie and bogus schools. The temple is also famous for art, medical science and meditation. It was established in 495 as a centre for Zen Buddhism and attracted as many warriors as monks. —The Guardian