#trademarks

According to CompuMark/Clarivate Analytics, the company I use for trademark screening, searching, and watching, applications for "hashtag trademarks" are on the rise. In 2016, individuals and companies filed an impressive 2,200 applications to give them the exclusive right to use particular hashtags in connection with their goods and services!  I definitely agree with CompuMark's conclusion that "more brands across a broader spectrum of countries are realising the value of going through the proper trademarking procedures in all spheres, including social media, to ensure they are effectively protecting themselves from potential infringement and mitigating the associated risks."  Please contact us if you believe you have a hashtag worthy of protection, and would like assistance registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office!