Can I Trademark a Voice?
No, you cannot trademark a voice.
You cannot trademark a voice as it does not fall under the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s criteria for material that can be trademarked. Trademarks specifically cover the name, logo, or slogan that you use to identify your goods and services to a consumer. A voice is considered to be a distinct feature of an individual, which they have no control over; as such, it would be impossible to place restrictions on the voices of competitors.
If you wish to integrate a specific voice in your advertising campaign, you could use it in conjunction with a trademarked slogan or jingle. A trademark will protect your slogan, but not the slogan’s implementation; this would include the voice that speaks the slogan.
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