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U.S. Air Force files trademarks to a secure digital metaverse for training and operational environments

As the list of organizations, corporations, and personalities joining the metaverse keeps on growing, the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces has decided to create its own metaverse.

Indeed, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has filed a trademark application for a “secure digital metaverse” called SPACEVERSE, according to a tweet sent out on April 19 by non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and metaverse trademark attorney Michael Kondoudis.

Specifically, the application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 14, 2022, describes the SPACEVERSE as “a secure digital metaverse that converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities and provides synthetic and simulated extended-reality (XR) training, testing, and operations environments.”

What is the metaverse?

By definition, the metaverse is a computer-generated, virtual- or extended-reality setting in which people can socialize, interact, work, play, or in the case of the SPACEVERSE, train their capabilities.

It’s worth mentioning that the number of metaverse and NFT-related trademark filings made to the USPTO had grown 421-fold in 2021 alone, a dramatic increase compared to only three in 2020, in the trend that is continuing well into 2022.

Two weeks before the USAF filing, Finbold reported on Mastercard International submitting as many as fifteen new trademark applications to register Mastercard, its “Circles” logo, and the “Priceless” slogan. 

With it, the global payment facilitator indicated its plans for NFT-backed media, digital goods marketplaces, as well as e-commerce transactions and payment processing in the metaverse.

As reported by Finbold, Zuckerberg’s Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has itself filed for multiple trademark applications to register its logo, declaring the platform’s intention to expand into various crypto and virtual products and services, such as cryptocurrencies, tokens, crypto trading, cryptocurrency exchanges, and blockchain software.

They are joined in the space by a slew of others, including pop star Billie Eilish, energy giant Chevron, and food industry giants KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, just to name a few.

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