The SpaceVerse will be a secure Metaverse that provides a simulated environment for training closed by the USAF.
The United States Air Force (USAF) has set a course for the Metaverse by filing a trademark application for the SpaceVerse. According to the April 14, 2022 submission, the SpaceVerse will be a “secure digital metaverse” that will someday include a virtual reality space for training and other activities by the USAF.
In a tweet on April 19, trademark attorney Mike Kondoudis reported that the concept converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities. Additionally, it will provide extended-reality training, testing, and operations environments.
A secure digital metaverse
As per the application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of the Air Force trademarks the word “SpaceVerse,” which it defines as:
“A secure digital metaverse converging physical and digital terrestrial and space realities and provides synthetic and simulated extended reality (X.R.) training, testing, and operations environments. It’s unclear if the initiative is related to the U.S. Space Force, which its website says is “organized under” the Air Force but operates as a “separate and distinct branch of the military.”
It is not yet clear whether the SpaceVerse would be connected to the United States Space Force (USSF), a space service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. The USSF military service was founded in 2019 to organize, train, and equip space forces to protect U.S. and allied interests in space.
Trademark applications connected to activities in the Metaverse
The number of Metaverse and Non-fungible token-related trademark applications has skyrocketed over the past six months. The USPTO reported that in 2021, it received 1,263 applications for NFT trademarks, 421 times more than in 2020. The latest addition to the growing list of trademark applications reported by Kondoudis is a report that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) filed a trademark application for CBOE DIGITAL on the same day.
The latest trademark applications connected to activities in the Metaverse come hot on the heels of several from a variety of firms, including credit card companies Mastercard and American Express, footwear and apparel manufacturer Nike, and the New York Stock Exchange. The various applications included trademarks on the use of logos and branding in a virtual environment and authenticating specific files with Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.