Kate Middleton Knows the Value of a Trademark Registration

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Kate Middleton recently trademarked her name in the U.K for the Royal Foundation Charity. According to the article, she is registering her royal title in relation to a number of goods and services, including t-shirts, in territories around the world. In the original article by The Telegraph Kate explains, “this also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally.” My thoughts exactly, Kate.

After researching the details through the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) database, the trademark name filed is “THE ROYAL FOUNDATION OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE AND PRINCE HARRY” and it covers four international classes of goods or services. Specifically, it includes Class 25 for clothing, footwear, headgear; Class 36 for charitable fund raising; management of charitable funds; financial grant making; Class 41 for educational activities; cultural activities; organising of events (and yes, that’s how they spell organizing in the UK); publishing, including electronic publishing; and lastly Class 45 for Licensing of intellectual property. The Duchess also filed a US registration covering the same goods and services. These and other trademark registrations provide a barrier to potential infringers.

The US and UKIPO databases already show attempts to cash in on Kate’s name. The UKIPO database reveals that an applicant attempted to register, “The Duchess of Cambridge” for “a cheese which we will sell and distribute to the UK and international markets”. It did not receive a registration. The US database reflects two attempts. The first one is for a trademark filed in 2011, “KATE’S KLOSET ‘FOR THE FRUGAL PRINCESS'”. This trademark was rejected on a 2(d) basis for likelihood of confusion with the “FRUGAL PRINCESS”. In fact, the Examiner didn’t even mention Princess Kate. The second is for the not so inconspicuous mark, “PRINCESS KATE”. To which the Examiner replied, nice try, and rejected the application for a false connection with a living individual.

If you own a business and haven’t filed a trademark, you should follow in Kate Middleton’s footsteps. Protect your business from other people using your name. For more information regarding trademarks or help filing a trademark see our website: Trademark Lawyers Website.

Published April 3, 2013 by Brent Sausser.

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