NFT, Metaverse and Crypto Trademarks Dropped in December 2022


  • NFT, metaverse and crypto trademark filings fell in December 2022.
  • 341 NFT trademarks, 323 metaverse trademarks and 252 cryptocurrency trademarks were filed.
  • March had the maximum number of trademark filings.

In June 2022, NFT Trademark Applications Filed in the United States Surpassed 4,000 from January 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022. 

In September, it was reported that trademark applications for NFTs, crypto, and metaverse spiked in 2022. A number of popular firms filed trademarks around the time.

The next month, i.e. in October, there was the news that till date, 6366 U.S. trademark applications for NFTs filed in 2022. With this, the total number of trademarks surpassed the number of trademarks that were filed in 2021.

At the time, popular celebrities, brands, and influencers made a move into non-fungible tokens. For instance, Sony Music Entertainment, Moet Hennessy, Ninja Turtles, Slime, the Mean Girls and Miley Cyrus, all began their NFT journey. 

In November 2022, NFTs, metaverses and crypto trademarks jumped to new heights in 2022

However, things were not the same for the month of December. The fall in market conditions affected interest in trademark filings too. 

Based on trademark attorney Mike Kondoudis’ recent Twitter update, the rate of new trademark filings for non-fungible tokens and similar goods and services decreased. 

In December 2022, only 341 NFT-based trademarks were filed. The number is less than ⅓ of the applications filed in March, which were a total of 1089. 

In terms of metaverse trademark applications and virtual goods and services, only 323 were filed last month. Compared to March, when the number was 786, it was less than 1/2 . 

Similar to NFTs and the metaverse, digital and cryptocurrency trademark applications also didn’t perform great in December. While in March the number was 625, it was only 252 in the last month.

The numbers are definitely shocking if we consider the rise in trademark applications throughout the year, especially in March when the filings were at their peak. On the note, which way the trademark applications would go in 2023 can’t be predicted as of now.