Initially, Mr. Hubbard personally oversaw the orthodox practice of Scientology. As an integral part of that endeavor, he also registered as trademarks many of the religion’s identifying words and symbols, including the word Scientology. These registered marks provided a legal mechanism for ensuring that the Scientology religious technologies could be ministered in exact accordance with the Scripture and not altered by misappropriation or improper use.
In 1982, Mr. Hubbard donated these religious marks to the newly formed Religious Technology Center and entrusted it with the responsibility of protecting the religion of Scientology by enforcing the pure and ethical use and orthodox practice of his religious technologies. Religious Technology Center thus maintains the purity of the Scientology technology and guards against any misuse or misrepresentation by legally registering, and where necessary enforcing, certain Scientology words and symbols as religious trademarks and service marks in countries around the world.
Religious Technology Center is not involved in the day-to-day affairs of churches. Its sole concern is protecting the technology of Scientology so it can always be properly ministered.