And he is correct.
The municipality of Zile in the northern province of Tokat has announced the acquisition of the Turkish patent license for the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar’s famous saying “Veni Vidi Vici” which is believed to have been uttered in district’s 4,000-year-old castle [Hurriyet]
The municipality plans to assert its copyright against a tobacco company that uses the phrase in its brand logo. Good luck with that.
If anyone can hold the “patent license” on this is should be Julius Caesar or perhaps Plutarch. Heck, even Suetonius might have a claim but not the town in which these famous words were reported to have been spoken.
Reporting his own Tweet, Meadows says, “. . . all the Classics departments should band together and trademark the name of every Greek and Roman divinity. We should add to that the name of every ancient author and everything they said. We clearly could easily fund Classics for eternity.” Just think what biblical scholars could do with the Psalms of David or the saying and parables of Jesus. I plan to apply for “πάτερ, ἄφες αὐτοῖς, οὐ γὰρ οἴδασιν τί ποιοῦσιν©” in the original and in all translations. While I’m at it, I’m also applying for יְרוּשָׁלַיִם©. I’ll see all you infringers in court.