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Harry and Meghan’s Archewell trademark application rejected as plans are ‘too vague’

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Harry and Meghan’s Archewell trademark application rejected as plans are ‘too vague’


According to sources, Meghan and Harry’s trademark application for their new charity organization has been rejected because the non-profit’s plans are “too vague”

According to the Sun, the pair registered to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 3 for Archewell, the organization they unveiled only days after formally beginning their royal-free life in April.

According to documents seen by The Sun, it was filed by Cobblestone Lane LLC, which is incorporated in Delaware but is tied to the Beverly Hills offices of a Hollywood power lawyer who has worked for Meghan for years.

An examining attorney said in a Notice of Office Action that they discovered “no conflicting marks that would bar registration under Trademark Act Section.”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a delay in releasing further information on the organization, which was originally revealed in the Daily Telegraph.

However, their application was denied earlier this month because it was too vague, had not been signed, and had not been completely paid for, according to the UK newspaper.


The examiner said: ‘Applicant must either submit the filing fees for the classes not covered by the submitted fees or restrict the application to the number of classes covered by the fees already.’

According to reports, Meghan and Harry are considering establishing a non-profit organization akin to the former actress’s deleted blog, The Tig, that would include emotional support groups, a multimedia educational empire, and a well-being website.

“The wording ‘providing a website featuring content relating to philanthropy, monetary giving, volunteer and career opportunities’ in International Class 35 is also indefinite and over broad, and must be clarified to specify the nature of the content provided,” according to the notice seen by The Sun.

The couple’s attorney, Marjorie Witter Norman, now has a final deadline of Aug. 22 — after which the application will be labeled as “abandoned,” according to The Sun.

On June 2, they received a Non-Final Action, and their trademark can be held without being active until the necessary changes are submitted.

It is believed that trademark applications are frequently denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to a source, it is “part of the normal back-and-forth of the trademarking process” and is far from a definitive denial.

Meghan and Harry, who are now residing in Tyler Perry’s $18 million Los Angeles house, revealed plans for their charity in April and stated that they “look forward” to returning to work after stepping down from royal life in January and abandoning their Sussex Royal brand.

Page Six was also advised that it was merely a “request for clarification” on certain administrative things, that the application was still active and pending, and that it did not need to be reopened from the beginning.

The pair said the name of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was inspired by the term Arche, which means source of action in Greek, when they unveiled the new project earlier this year.

“We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name,” they told The Daily Telegraph. “To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.

“Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon.

“We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right,” they said.

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