Trademarking a Makerspace

Our Trademarks Clinic has been busy this year representing organizations like Knox Makers, a non-profit makerspace described as “community centers with tools.” Knox Makers combines woodworking, metalworking, electronics, and crafting equipment for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype, and create works that would not be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.

Knox Makers, which was formed in 2011, has been operating from its inception without text or logo trademarks. The Trademark Clinic is helping the organization trademark its name and logo so that people will be able to recognize and distinguish Knox Makers as a makerspace. In November, clinic students filed the text mark “Knox Makers” with the USPTO. Plans are under way to file the log mark under Class 41, pertaining to education, provision of training, entertainment, sporting, and and cultural activities, in the future. The clinic also plans to file a logo mark in the same class once Knox Makers obtains an assignment letter from the person who designed its logo.