The trademark filings appear to cover nearly every facet of the Web3 metaverse.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, has received eight trademark applications from Meta, previously Facebook, relating to blockchain technology and its projected metaverse. The following are the applications and their fields of interest, organised by serial number:
- 97320155: Online social networking and dating services, including a division dedicated to bitcoin investor networking.
- 97320153: Web3 hardware and software design and development, including gaming, e-commerce, blockchain transactions, and so on.
- 97320149: Virtual reality-based entertainment and electronic publication services.
- Telecommunication services for electronic assets stored on its platform (97320147).
- 97320146: Tokens, blockchain assets, cryptocurrency, and other virtual assets financial transaction processing services.
- 97320144: Using virtual or augmented reality networks, as well as the metaverse, to market services.
- 97320140: Virtual reality-enabled wearable peripherals for video games.
- 97320136: Mobile application-like software for user authentication, online charitable fundraising, and, most significantly, hardware or e-wallets.
The USPTO might take up to eight months to process trademark applications once they are first filed. Monster Energy and the New York Stock Exchange have both filed trademark applications linked to digital assets and the metaverse recently.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, announced that NFTs would be integrated into Instagram’s numerous products in the near future. However, not all of Web3’s crypto projects have been successful. Around the same time, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission filed a lawsuit against Meta, alleging that it engaged in “false, misleading, or deceptive conduct” by running fake celebrity crypto adverts on its platform, resulting in investment losses.
Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.