Russian entrepreneur trademarks the ;-)

Though, pardon our cynicism, Real Business really doubts it.

Oleg Teterin, president of mobile ad company Superfone, patented the use of the colon, hyphen and parenthesis last week. He claims that he will track down and fine any companies using the emoticon without obtaining his permission.

He also states that this trademark could extend to other smilies such as the 🙂 or the 😛 as combinations of punctuation used to convery an expression.

Individuals, though, are off the hook: "I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations and companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder," Teterin told NTV News.

The cost of obtaining a license to wink? "It won’t cost that much – tens of thousands of dollars," says the entrepreneur.

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