From Paris Hilton’s “That’s Hot” to Donald Trump’s “You’re Fired,” celebs have a long history of trademarking the things they say. Most recently, Taylor Swift made news when she applied to trademark some popular lyrics off her 1989 album. What seem to be normal phrases such as “This sick beat” and “Nice to meet you, where you been” now belong to Taylor Swift herself. Don’t even think about saying you want to “Party like it’s 1989,” because that’s hers too!
Celebrities claiming to protect their intellectual property file a trademark application for just about anything having to do with them. If Charlie Sheen can trademark “duh, winning” and Rachel Zoe can trademark “Bananas,” then why should the rest of us not trademark the next thing we say?
Scrolling through the pages of Justia, you can see the lengths that Taylor Swift has gone to in order to protect her creativity and to ensure that no one else can make money off of what she believes is hers. There are three whole pages of trademarks belonging to Taylor Swift on everything from her name to “Cause we never go out of style,” and even just her initials.
Celebrities both young and old dip their toes in the trademark business at least once in their career. Take a look at some ridiculous trademarks that you might not know belong to very popular celebrities!
Tim Tebow bought the rights to his pre-game ritual, “Tebowing” in 2012.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsPossibly the trademark that makes the most sense, “BAM!” was trademarked by Emeril Lagasse.
Arguably the most powerful couple in the world, Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought the rights to their daughter’s name, Blue Ivy Carter.
Fashion icon Rachel Zoe trademarked “I die” and “Bananas” after she used the words on her show. (But why doesn’t Gwen Stefani own “bananas”?)
Boxing and wrestling announcer Michael Buffer bought the rights to his catchphrase “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!” which has net him over $400 million dollars to date!
Gold medal swimmer and heartthrob Ryan Lochte trademarked his phrase “Jeah!” when he shot into the spotlight after the 2008 Summer Olympics.
This is just a very small collection of a very long list of trademarks owned by some of the most popular people in the world! If you know of a ridiculous trademark or why Gwen Stefani doesn’t own “Bananas,” let us know in the comments!