Following news of Prince’s death, the USPTO posted the following image on Facebook about Prince’s intellectual property portfolio:
That was an interesting post, and kudos to the USPTO for posting it. Who knew Prince had a design patent for a keytar?
Sadly, Chyna was not mentioned. She also died within the last 24 hours, and she had some IP. Well, actually, the registered trademarks for CHYNA were owned by the WWF/WWE, her former employer. Even more sad is that they all appear to be “dead” marks, meaning that they were not renewed for some reason:
When a company no longer uses a brand, it makes sense to stop paying the few-hundred dollars in fees between the 5th and 6th years of registration and every 10 years thereafter. In fact, if a company has no intention of continuing to use a mark, and if they have in fact stopped using it, then it would be improper to renew the registrations. In this case all of the registrations were initiated around 2001, and they were all abandoned in 2009. At that point she has already started the next phase of her career – adult film and reality TV. But there is something morose about seeing the abandoned trademark registrations in the wake of her death when there were rumors that Chyna would wrestle again one day, or at least be inducted into the wrestling hall of fame.
From the graphic above, here are the links to the various registrations:
For “CLOTHING, NAMELY, SHIRTS”