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.
Recent filing trends clearly reflect the role of “blockchains” in US business products and services.
I conducted some searches for USPTO trademark filings featuring the term “blockchain” somewhere in the record (generally in the mark itself or in the description of the goods or services).
- Prior to 2015, there were just 53 USPTO records total that included the term “blockchain.” See image below.
- In 2015, there were 44 such filings.
- In 2016, there were 77 such filings.
- In 2017, there have been 300+ such filings already!
Based on these trademark statistics, it is clear that US businesses are investing in blockchain goods and services and we will be hearing a lot more about this term, like the pending application for BULLISH ON BLOCKHAIN.