Cardi B Tried To Trademark 'Okurr,' But U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Said No

July 2, 2019

Rapper Cardi B attempted to trademark the phrase “okurr,” but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected the application because the term is generic and commonplace. 

In its refusal letter, the office said “okurr” is a “commonplace term, message, or expression widely used by a variety of sources that merely conveys an ordinary, familiar, well-recognized concept or sentiment.” 

The application, filed in March, said Cardi B wanted to use the word on clothing, posters and houseware. 

The office refused the rapper’s request because it found the word is “an expression commonly used in the drag community and by celebrities as an alternate way of saying ‘OK’ or ‘something that is said to affirm when someone is being put in their place.’”

It used merchandise and definitions from Redbubble, Etsy, Refinery 29, People, USA Today, Urban Dictionary and to support its decision. 

WPGC contacted Cardi B’s spokeswoman for comment.

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