In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Escobar's 71-year-old surviving brother, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, expressed that the show's producers should not be allowed to film in cartel-infested locales as Mexico and Colombia, adding that they would benefit from the hiring of "hitmen ... as security."
Gaviria is also looking to receive a $1 billion payment to his company, Escobar Inc., for intellectual property violations, as he has threatened to "close their little show." "Netflix are scared," he said. "They sent us a long letter to threaten us."
That letter, prepared and sent by powerhouse Los Angeles firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, revealed that lawyers for Narcos Productions, LLC (NPL) — the company behind the series and its popular video game spinoff Narcos: Cartel Wars — contend that without NPL's "knowledge or consent, on Aug. 20, 2016, Escobar filed use-based applications to register the marks NARCOS and CARTEL WARS with the [U.S. Patent and Trademark Office] covering a range of goods and services."
Those services include everything from "downloadable ring tones" and "sunglasses, decorative magnets" to "temporary tattoos, bookmarks and sheet music," according to the trademark application documents included with the letter.
Additionally, the letter calls the claims "fraudulent." NPL attorney Jill M. Pietrini wrote, "Escobar claims that it has used NARCOS in connection with things like 'operating a website' and 'game services provided online from a computer network' since Jan. 31, 1986. However, the internet had not been developed for widespread consumer use in 1986, nor was the capability to provide audiovisual works nor game services available at that time."
Furthermore, Carlos Munoz Portal -- a Narcos location scout was killed on the job in the rural region north of Mexico City last week. When asked if Escobar Inc., including Gaviria, currently has any knowledge regarding as to what happened to the slain location scout, CEO of Escobar Inc., Olof Gustafsson would only say, "No comment on that. But Escobar Inc. cooperates with all law enforcement."
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