Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Archewell Trademark Application Denied – Indefinite, Too Broad, & Unsigned

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Archewell Trademark Application Denied - Indefinite, Too Broad, & Unsigned

British royals news reveals that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hit a snag when it comes to trademarking their charitable foundation, Archewell. When Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family, they decided to continue on with charitable endeavors and announced that they’d be forming the Archewell Foundation.

At the time, Harry and Meghan explained that they chose the name Archewell because it “combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.” Harry and Meghan also said that it became the inspiration for their son Archie’s name.

Part of forming the charitable foundation has involved filing patent and trademark documents in the US, but now it seems that their application was not approved by the US Patent & Trademark Office due to a number of errors. As per standard practice, the errors will need to be remedied within six months or the application will be “abandoned.”

It seems that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explanation of the foundation’s goods and services will need to be revised in nine different areas because the application contains wording that is “indefinite and too broad.” The patent examiner reportedly sent Harry and Meghan’s an Irregularity Notice outlining the areas that need attention.

In addition, Harry and Meghan apparently didn’t sign the application or pay the required fee to process the documents – things that will be easily remedied for sure. Archewell, as a nonprofit organization, will offer things such as multimedia education, emotional support services, and a website dedicated to well-being.

And while it might seem ominous and threatening for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to get such a reply from the Patent and Trademark Office, it’s actually fairly common for new patent applications to be initially rejected. There is typically some back-and-forth between the Patent Office and the applicant.

What will likely happen is that the changes will be made and the documents will be refiled by Harry and Meghan’s lawyers by the required date of August 22nd. We should note that this isn’t a final refusal of the application by any means.

Archewell is expected to be launched sometime in 2021. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stated that they look forward to launching their charitable foundation “when the time is right.” Keep up with CDL’s British royals news and updates – we’ve got you covered!