The United States Patent and Trademark Office finally approved the Muhammad Ali Web3 trademark less than a year after the late pro boxer’s estate registered it.
The name Muhammad Ali is now officially a registered trademark. Mike Kondoudis, one of Washington DC’s leading patent and trademark attorneys, confirmed it via his official Twitter account.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved the registration less than a year after filing. That means the name of the late American boxing legend and activist Muhammad Ali is now a registered trademark.
Muhammad Ali Web3 Trademark
The Web3 space and its products are becoming increasingly common and enjoyed by many people. As a result, celebrities and other well-known personalities or their estates are taking advantage of it. They do it by solidifying their place in the Web3 landscape through NFT projects, Metaverse renderings, and more, posthumously or while they are still alive.
The estate of the late Muhammad Ali, boxing’s GOAT who passed away in 2016, is no different. In 2021, Ali’s estate filed the trademark registration, and on October 18, 2022, less than a year after they got the ball rolling, the USPTO approved the filing. The USPTO’s approval affirms that under U.S. Registration No. 6881575, the name Muhammad Ali is now a registered trademark.
Commenting on the trademark approval, Kondoudis said: “This registration was examined and approved in less than a year, which is fairly quick by USPTO standards. We expect the same results for applications for other celebrity names. It also offers a blueprint for protecting celebrity names and brands as they transition into the Metaverse.”
Ali’s trademark covers goods and services in the Web3 space, including downloadable clothes and media that are NFT-authenticated featuring the boxer. It means there could be plenty of Web3 projects in the offing that use the boxing legend’s image and likeness.
The Muhammad Ali trademark also covers virtual clothing, footwear, headwear, sports bags, equipment, musical instruments, art, toys, and accessories for use in virtual environments and settings.
USPTO’s approval of the Muhammad Ali trademark isn’t the boxing icon’s first foray into the Web3 space. In May 2022, Studio Pictures announced that it would create an Ali biopic and simultaneously launch NFTs related to the film.
Jumping on the Web3 Bandwagon
Web3 trademark filing has become one of the most popular ways for celebrities, dead and alive, to brand themselves. And Muhammad Ali’s Web3 trademark is only the latest in a burgeoning list of Web3 and Metaverse trademarks filed by famous people and movie franchises.
In September, Paramount Pictures filed two trademarks covering crypto-collectibles and NFTs for its 2004 film “Mean Girls,” starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. In the same month, Snoop Dogg filed several trademarks for his Uncle Snoop and Uncle Snoop brand names indicating plans to launch virtual and physical products, food, and apparel linked to cannabis.
On the other hand, Miley Cyrus registered new Web3 trademarks in August, with plans to offer virtual goods and art.
Meanwhile, Billie Eilish and Christina Aguilera have joined a growing list of musicians and record labels in various Web3 ventures. Universal Music Group (UMG), which owns Eilish’s record company Interscope, recently signed a partnership deal with Curio to develop NFTs.
And while Aguilera’s record company, RCA, has yet to file Web3 trademark registrations, its parent company, Sony Music Entertainment, filed said registrations for another record label under its umbrella, Columbia Records.
“We expect this trend of celebrity Web3 trademarks to continue as more celebrities come to recognize the need for brand protection in the Metaverse,” Kondoudis added.
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