Meghan Markle, 41, has suffered a legal blow from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, who has rejected the application to trademark the name of the podcast “Archetypes.”
A non-final action was filed on January 18 by production company Archewell Audio. Now, it has emerged that the application was rejected on the basis that there was a “likelihood of confusion” with an existing trademark, Newsweek reported.
Meghan Markle’s podcast may not be called “Archetypes”?
Archewell Audio filed a trademark application “Archetypes” in March 2022, as “entertainment services.
The initial refusal relied upon by the patent and trademark office to refuse registration is because Meghan’s proposed trademark (Archetypes) is “identical in appearance, sound and meaning” to one currently held by U.S.-based Project Miracle IP Holdings, which would have been registered in May 2018.
According to reports, Meghan Markle’s production company will have until April to continue with the application, extend it or abandon it.
Meghan Markle’s podcast began airing weekly in August 2022. The project aimed to “dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.”
For Meghan and Prince Harry, the name “Archetypes” holds a lot of significance, as in part, it inspired the name of their son, Archie Mountbatten Windsor and also ties directly to the organization ‘Archewell’ founded in 2020.
The idea of ‘Arche’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘source of action’.
“We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name,” they once said in a statement.
The first season of the podcast ended in November 2022, currently it has not been announced when the second season will be released.