Victory for the Different Sects of Baha’is. Historic Verdict Quashes Patent on Use of the Word ‘Baha’i’

Court rules that the use of the word Bahai is now open to all sects of the Bahai Faith

Court rules that the use of the word Bahai is now open to all sects of the Bahai Faith

In a historic verdict that will have long standing effect, the Federal Court of the United States of America has quashed the appeal of the majority Baha’i Faith (popularly known as Heterodox Baha’i Faith – HBF) for patent on use of term Baha’i for itself. Although this is not the only time such a verdict has been passed (such verdicts have come twice earlier), this verdict comes at a time when the Baha’i Faith is gripped under sectarian claims.

Never in the past has the Baha’i Faith witnessed such sectarian challenges. It must be noted that minority sects like the Orthodox Baha’i Faith (OBF), Unitarian Bahais (UB) and Bahais Under the Provision of Covenant (BUPC), Reform Baha’i Faith have faced discrimination at hands of the majority HBF for ages. These sects have been gasping for survival and this verdict gives them a new life and sense of hope.

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