If you have been keeping up-to-date with our reading room, you will be aware that the Duke and Duchess recently filed a trademark application for their non-profit organisation, under the name “Archewell”. However, their plan has come to a stall, as the application has not been accepted, due to a lack of clarity labelled as “indefinite and over-broad”. Furthermore, it has been reported that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has blocked the trademark request, as it had not been completed properly. The Sussexes were also sent an ‘Irregularity Notice’ by the examiner, as their description of charity work, emotional support groups and websites, dedicated to well-being, were yet again deemed too vague.
To make matters worse, the notice also claimed that outstanding fees were still present and the couple’s representatives did not sign the form. As the form wasn’t fully complete, the couple have been ordered to make some changes to their application, which must be accomplished by August 22, otherwise Harry and Meghan risk having their application “abandoned”.
The public launch of Archewell is now expected to arrive sometime next year, as ‘a close source’ to the duo insists that the trademark filings are “live and pending”, as opposed to the reports of the trademark rejection. Nevertheless, the couple will launch their non-profit organisation in 2021, despite the trademark setbacks, as well as already postponing the launch twice this year.
Be sure to stay tuned on our reading room for any further updates regarding the above topic. If you require assistance with a trademark, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Lawdit Team today.