Blockchain is all the rage in many fields of business, from finance to gaming, lots of businesses are exploring blockchain technologies. As usual, trademark applications generally act as a barometer for the economy overall, and for the rise and fall of particular industries and general cultural trends. For example, see my prior posts on drones, cupcakes, and beer. Today, the biggest growth in trademark filings is in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.
In 2017, the total number of USPTO trademark applications that featured blockchain or “block chain” or cryptocurrency somewhere in the filing was 662.
In the first 3 months of 2018, the total number of such filings topped 800, far exceeding the entire prior year.
Note that in 2015, there were just 58 such filings. In 2013, just 11.
The USPTO filing records thus reflect the boom in blockchain business ventures.
- Trademark records reflect business trends: filings related to blockchains have increased exponentially
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