Can I Trademark a Religious Symbol?
You can absolutely trademark a religious symbol, but there are special considerations here that are not required for other trademarks. Basically, a religious symbol is trademarkable as long is it meets the other requirements that you’re using it to brand your products or services and the mark does not disparage, bring into contempt, or disrepute any persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols. In other words, the mark can’t be offensive to anyone’s religious beliefs.
As with other trademarks, if you trademark a logo with a religious symbol, you will not be able to prevent worshipers from using that symbol in accordance with their religious beliefs, but you will be able to prevent other institutions from using that mark in a way that confuses the public as to the actual origin of your products or services.
If you are using a religious symbol as part of your church’s or company’s logo, contact us today to speak with trademark attorney Eric Norton to discuss the unique requirements for trademarking a religious symbol.