What’s in a name? Well if you’re the child of two worldwide superstars, a lot, apparently. Future parents of the world will be sad to learn that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are going to great lengths to ensure that no one will be able to use their baby’s name without their so. The couple recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office seeking to protect the good (and undoubtedly lucrative) name of their baby girl, Blue Ivy. In other words, they want full ownership of the name. Sorry parents — you’d better cross that one off your baby name wish list.
According to the Washington Post, the singing superstars filed for the trademark on Jan. 26 — less than three weeks after their child had even been born. But this isn’t just for posterity’s sake. Reports claim they want to reserve the name for business-related endeavors, perhaps for a future line of baby carriages or baby cosmetics? Get ready for one very fashion-forward infant. Of course, another motivation for protecting the name could be to stop opportunists from using the popularity of the name for their own personal gain (something that I’m sure has been attempted at already).
As of right now, the final decision is pending, but we should all expect the request to go through quite easily, given that even non-famous parents are allowed to trademark the names of their children. So sorry folks, but it looks like there’s only room for one Blue Ivy in this world. Hey, if you like it, then you shoulda put a trademark on it.
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Source: Washington Post