Kanye (Ye) West Seeks NFT Trademarks for YEEZUS

Kanye (Ye) West Seeks NFT Trademarks for YEEZUS

June 2, 2022 Off By Roland Guirdonan

Ye, also known as Kanye West, has applied for trademark protection for YEEZUS, indicating his intention to develop YEEZUS-branded amusement parks, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), toys, and other products.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 18: Musician Kanye West performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

On May 27, the United States Patent and Trademark Office received applications for 17 NFT and metaverse experience trademarks, copyright attorney Josh Gerben noted in a tweet on Thursday.

While some of the applications include “blockchain-based NFTs,” “currencies and tokens,” and “online retail store services featuring… digital art,” they also involve non-crypto-related services and products.

In January, Ye released a handwritten statement on Instagram, stating that he intended to produce “actual items in the real world” and had no interest in NFTs. However, he removed the Instagram post.

Celebrities have been increasingly filing for metaverse and NFT-related trademarks in recent months.

This year’s metaverse and NFT trademark filings include football superstar David Beckham, the late rapper Biggie Small’s intellectual property manager, Notorious B.I.G., LLC, and YouTuber Logan Paul.