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USPTO Approves Muhammad Ali’s Patent For NFTs & Metaverse
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has successfully approved a trademark application filed to protect the name of the legendary professional American boxer and activist, the late Muhammad Ali. USPTO received Ali’s metaverse and NFT trademark application in late 2021.
Ankita K.
12:42 21st Oct, 2022

In an October 19 blog post, Mike Kundoudis, the intellectual property attorney, confirmed that the name for the late Muhammad Ali is now officially a registered trademark under the U.S Registration No 6881575, issued on October 18.

Muhammad Ali’s Name is Now Officially Registered

According to Kondoudis, Muhammad Ali’s name is now protected within the crypto space for non-fungible tokens and virtual goods in the metaverse. The registered trademark will cover NFT-authenticated media featuring Ali, virtual clothing, footwear, headwear, sports bags, and equipment.

Muhammad Ali, also nicknamed “The Greatest,” is today regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century. While commenting about his newly approved trademark application in a recent exclusive interview, Kondoudis remarked:

“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.”

He added:

“We expect this trend of celebrity Web3 trademarks to continue as more celebrities come to recognize the need for brand protection in the metaverse.”

In the past several months, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has seen increased reflux of public figures and celebrities spurring to join the NFT industry. In September, famous singer and actress Miley Cyrus filed metaverse and NFT-related trademarks of her name. Cyrus anticipated launching virtual clothing, entertainment services, drinks, and currency.


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