With big-brand companies filing for metaverse trademarks, the US Air Force stands apart as it has filed a trademark application for a “Spaceverse”. Mike Kondoudis, a licensed trademark attorney, says the concept converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities. He highlighted that it will provide an extended-reality training, testing, and operations environments.
The US Air Force filed the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 14. According to the USPTO, the description claims the Spaceverse will be a secure digital metaverse. It will likely include virtual testing and training environment for USAF pilots and will be a closed system. But it’s unclear whether the Spaceverse would be connected to the United States Space Force (USSF). The USSF, which was established in 2019, is a special service branch of the US Armed Forces. It was organized to train and equip space forces to protect the United States and allied interests in space.
Kondouis highlighted that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) filed a trademark application for CBOE Digital on the same day. The platform wants to trademark services for NFT-backed digital assets, marketplaces, and exchanges for crypto and digital assets. Anheuser-Busch, an American brewing company, in its recent filing, applied for a new trademark for a “Budverse”. The company is eyeing NFT-backed media, metaverse, and augmented reality (AR) marketplaces for NFT goods, including a range of beverages – Stella Artois, Budweiser, and Michelob.
Meanwhile, the United Parcel Service (UPS) also filed for metaverse trademarks to cover packages, virtual clothing, parcels, labels, bar codes, sports collectibles, etc. There have also been applications for the same by KFC, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.