US Air Force files trademark application for ‘SpaceVerse’ initiative

The United States Air Force has filed a trademark application hinting that the military branch could expand into the metaverse.

According to an application filed on April 14 with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Department of the Air Force registered the word ‘SpaceVerse’, defined as “a secure digital metaverse that converges digital and physical realities and space and provides real-world (XR) training, testing, and operations environments.It is unclear if the initiative is related to the US Space Force, which its website says is “organized under” the Air Force , but operates as a “separate and distinct branch of the armed forces”.

The trademark application related to activities in the metaverse followed several from a variety of firms, including credit card companies Mastercard and American Express, shoe and clothing manufacturer Nike, and the New York Stock Exchange. The various applications included trademarks on the use of logos and brands in a virtual environment, as well as the authentication of certain files with non-fungible tokens or NFTs.

Some major brands have launched virtual stores or other environments for users following Facebook’s announcement in October 2021 that the social media giant would change its name to Meta. In February, US bank JPMorgan entered the metaverse by launching a virtual salon in the online world based on the blockchain Decentraland. Samsung also launched a virtual store inspired by a real-world store in New York City.

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Of the six branches of the US military (Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force), the latter half have previously announced major initiatives aimed at incorporating blockchain technology or adopting digital assets. In June 2021, Space Force said it would release NFT versions of patches and coins designed for the launch of one of its vehicles. The US Navy also signed a $1.5 million deal with Consensus Networks to develop a blockchain-enabled logistics system called HealthNet.