Can I Trademark a Programming Language?
No. At least not directly.
A programming language in and of itself cannot be trademarked since it is not technically either a product or a service and only those things used to market or brand a product or service are capable of being trademarked. However, you can get around the rule that you cannot trademark a programming language by instead trademarking the name, logo, or slogan associated with programs designed to assist programmers who utilize the language, such as compilers, implementers, and even full-fledged IDEs.
If you have developed a new programming language and are interested in protecting the intellectual property associated with it, contact us today to speak with trademark attorney Eric Norton to discuss how it may be possible to circumnavigate the rule that you cannot trademark a programming language.