US Air Force Files Metaverse Trademark for ‘Spaceverse’
The United States Air Force is setting a course for the metaverse, starting with filing a trademark application for the Spaceverse. This “secure digital metaverse” will someday include a virtual reality space for training and other activities by the Air Force, according to the April 14 submission.
Jetting to the Metaverse
Extensive training is essential for all pilots, engineers, and anyone with a technical or strategic role in the Air Force. The metaverse and its flexible digital reality would thus make for an appealing tool to the military branch. National security concerns might preclude the USAF from turning to a commercial or even enterprise provider for the technology, so pursuing plans for a metaverse run entirely by the Air Force would be the logical conclusion.
That’s exactly how the Air Force laid it out in the trademark application. Spaceverse is “a secure digital metaverse that converges terrestrial and space physical and digital realities and provides synthetic and simulated extended-reality (XR) training, testing, and operations environments.”
Advanced technology for Air Force training in the metaverse could also work with some of the other AI tools already employed. For instance, F-35 Lightning II pilots are trained by a virtual teacher with a synthetically generated voice produced by ReadSpeaker. The AI trainer reads to the pilot, so they don’t have to look at any written material. There are even tests underway for pilots on the ground to command an uncrewed jet by voice.
The Air Force is far from alone in pursuing a metaverse trademark. Metaverse and NFT-related trademark filings tripled in 2020 but exploded to 421 times that number in 2021, with the trend accelerating even more, this year. That said, many companies are submitting metaverse trademark applications for everything they already have trademarked in other areas. USPTO licensed trademark attorney Mike Kondoudis has tracked several examples on Twitter, such as Mastercard submitting about 15 applications a few weeks ago covering its name, logo, and “Priceless” slogan, and Anheuser-Busch has done the same for its brands, along with obviously related trademarks like “Budverse.”