As we humans push the boundaries of exploration and commerce in outer space, it’s important to understand the laws and regulations that govern the use of trademarks in this new frontier.
This infographic will provide a quick overview of the current state of trademark protection in outer space.
Special thanks to the leader in the subject Mr. Clark Lackert, a trademark expert who has explored the subject for quite some time and spoke about it during the last INTA Annual leadership conference in Miami.
What is a trademark?
There is no universal definition of a trademark, which comes as a first obstacle when attempting to unify a treaty or law on the matter for the Outer Space.
In most of the countries a trademark is a symbol, word, or phrase that identiﬁes and distinguishes a brand from others in the market. Trademarks are used to protect intellectual property and prevent confusion among consumers.
Requirements for its protection vary from needing graphic representation and being perceptible, to just being perceptible and distinctive.
Who Regulates Trademarks in Outer Space?
There is currently no specific agency or treaty that governs trademarks in Outer Space.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is responsible for overseeing international space law, but they do not have specific jurisdiction over trademarks.
Additionally, there are no specific boundaries agreed between countries in newly colonized spaces.
How Do Trademarks Apply in Outer Space?
For example, the US and other countries recognize the protection of trademarks on earth as extending to space, while others may have different interpretations.
Challenges in Protecting Trademarks in Outer Space
Future of Trademarks
in Outer Space
This is the time to prevent
unfairness in the future.
Maria A. Pava