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Tesla moves to trademark ‘Teslaquila’

Tesla Inc. has filed to trademark “Teslaquila,” which was part of several April Fools’ Day jokes tweeted by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

The April 1 jokes included saying Tesla














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 had gone “so bankrupt, you can’t believe it” even after resorting to “a last-ditch mass sale of Easter eggs.” The jokes continued to say he had passed out surrounded by bottles of “Teslaquilla,” as Musk spelled it then.

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Musk was widely criticized as the April tweets and bankrupt jokes came after Tesla shares had plummeted 22% in March, the stock’s worst monthly performance since December 2010 amid concerns about Model 3 production.

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office application, first reported by CNBC, the trademark is for “Distilled agave liquor; Distilled blue agave liquor.” Tequila is made from the blue agave plant.

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Musk later on Friday tweeted a purported label for “Teslaquila,” which prompted some Twitter users to pile on marijuana jokes and other jokes of their own.

Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The stock has lost 18% this year, versus advances of 2.7% and 1.8% for the S&P 500 index














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