Meghan Markle suffers legal blow after being denied right to trademark Archetypes

Meghan Markle has suffered a legal blow after being denied the right to trademark 'Archetypes', the name of her award-winning podcast which launched in August 2022.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, and her team at Archewell Audio had applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the trademark.

But they were dealt a blow as the request was denied on the grounds of a "likelihood of confusion" due to another trademark with a similar name already being in existence.

It's the most common reason that USPTO to decline a request to trademark.

The application to trademark the word was filed by Archewell Audio in March 2022, with the aim of no-one else being able to use it for services connected to podcasts, audio and visual web series, on-demand streaming media and live stage performances.

OK! has contacted Meghan's representatives for comment.

The podcast launched on Spotify last summer, with Meghan enlisting the help of her high-profile tennis pal Serena Williams to feature in the first ever episode, where they talked about derogatory words to describe women.

On Spotify, the description of the podcast reads: "Archetypes with Meghan – a podcast where we investigate, dissect, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back."

A second paragraph, that is no longer shown on the site, read: "Meghan will speak with historians and experts to uncover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives."

Meghan's other guests on the podcast include Issa Rae and Ziwe, as well as Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling.

In December, the podcast won the People's Choice Awards for Pop Podcast of 2022.

Prince Harry and Meghan launched Archewell Audio in 2020, after they sensationally announced that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.

They now live in America with their two children, Archie, three, and Lilbet, one.

The couple have signed a number of multi-million dollar deals as they carve out a life away from the royal life, including a rumoured $100 million contract with Netflix to produce documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows and children's programming.

Harry and Meghan appeared in a self-titled six part documentary released on the streaming service in December, that told "in their words" their love story and how they came to leave the royal family in 2020.

It was followed by the release of Harry's bombshell memoir, Spare, which hit shelves on 10 January and contained a number of shocking claims about his family, including the allegation that Harry's brother Prince William "physically attacked" him at his UK home in 2019.

Publisher Penguin Random House is rumoured to have paid Harry a $20m (£16.5m) advance for Spare.


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