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US Space Force could lose its trademark to Steve Carell's new Netflix series

By Sarah Finnan

June 9, 2020 at 3:22pm

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In a bizarre turn of events, the US Military could lose the Space Force trademark to Steve Carell's new Netflix comedy of the same name.

The US Space Force has been around long before the Netflix comedy of the same name ever came to be, but it seems that the former could lose use of the Space Force trademark due to a lackadaisical approach to securing the rights.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has already secured the rights to the Space Force logo in Europe, Australia and Mexico, however, the Military has done little to secure the name as a registered trademark and so conflict may potentially arise - which would ultimately have to be settled in court.

Experts say that there is a little wiggle room though, as despite sharing a name, it's highly unlikely that either entity will be confused for the other... but if both the Netflix series and the Military decide to sell Space Force merch, for example, that's where the waters could get murky.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the Air Force is quoted as saying:

"At this time, we are not aware of any trademark conflicts with the fictional program Space Force produced by Netflix. We wish Netflix and the show's producers the best in their creative depiction of our nation's newest branch of the military."

Doesn't sound like there will be any beef between the two... despite the fact that the series pokes fun at the real-life United States Space Force but I guess they've taken that with a pinch of salt.

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