Paramount Registers 'Star Trek Nemesis' TrademarkBy Christian
July 14, 2001 - 1:27 PM
Even as plot, character and setting info was being released by Internet sites all over the world, Paramount refused to confirm anything beyond the film's screenwriter. But recently at least the film's working title was semi-officially confirmed, as the studio registered "Star Trek: Nemesis" as an official trademark.
On the 18th of June, Paramount Pictures filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to officially register the "Star Trek: Nemesis" trademark. The USPTO often takes several months to complete a registration approval request, and indeed as of the 8th of July the application still had to be officially reviewed. The request covered several product categories, including those for standard merchandising products such as mugs and lapel pins.
'Nemesis' was first rumoured to be the title of Star Trek X on the 26th of April, and has since been used in several spoiler reports. The name was also one of the many rumoured at an early stage to be the title of what turned out to be 'Insurrection,' but this is the first time Paramount has gone as far as officially registering it.
Meanwhile, Paramount has also been active in registering Enterprise trademarks. The studio applied for a trademark for Enterprise itself on the 2nd of April, covering a wide range of product categories such as fiction books, bumper stickers, CD-Rom games, plush toys to even yo-yos and balloons. This trademark request was processed by the USPTO in mid-June and is now nearing completion.
On the 29th of May, the first set of Enterprise character names were registered, namely "Captain Jonathan Archer," "Ensign Hoshi Sato" and "Travis Mayweather." These trademark requests covered product categories such as mugs, dolls, action figures and figurines, and as of the 27th of June still had to be reviewed by the USPTO.
The next batch of characters followed on the 31st of May, when Paramount registered "Lieutenant Malcolm Reed" and "Suliban." On the 8th of June the studio followed with "T'Pol" and "Phlox," at this moment leaving only Chief Engineer Charlie Tucker unregistered.
Finally, on the 13th of June Paramount registered an additional two trademarks. The first trademark was "S.S. Enterprise" and covered such product categories as toy model kits and pewter sculptures. The second trademark again covered such product categories as mugs, dolls, action figures and figurines, similar to the Enterprise characters, and was for something called "Porthos." It is unknown whether this is a name of an entity we will see on Series V or if the registration was such a coincidence, but 'Porthos' may well be a name we'll see pop up in Enterprise.
Thanks go out to AntonyF for some of this!