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Did you know that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, collectively known as the Department of the Air Force (DAF), has several active trademark registrations? Fun fact: there are over 40 active trademark registrations.
The commonly known registered trademarks range from the Air Force Symbol, the United States Air Force Academy logo to the premier aerial demonstration fighter jets - the Thunderbirds logo. The most recent registered trademark occurred in early 2022, which is the U.S. Space Force's vertical logo version where text "USSF" is placed directly below the Delta.
In all cases, the Department of the Air & Space Forces Trademark Licensing Program enforces trademark rights by working with Air Force legal counsel and the Department of Justice for instances requiring legal action.
To view all Department of the Air Force active trademark registrations, click the following link: DAF Active Trademark Registrations. The Dept. of the Air Force's more common service marks trademark registrations can also be found below.
The Air Force Symbol is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. It's registration number is 2,767,190 with its first use in commerce dating back to 2002 for a variety of goods and services. A few examples include apparel, office products, decals, giftware, games, golf clubs and educational services.
The U.S. Space Force vertical logo with text "USSF" directly under the Delta, as well as the word mark "USSF" are both registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. Space Force wordmark, "USSF" was first used with goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, headwear as early as August 25, 2020. More recently, the USSF vertical version of the U.S. Space Force logo was registered in 2022 with its first use as early as July 22, 2020 with goods and services such as watches, lapel pins, metal key chains, headwear, travel mugs and much more.
Another major trademark of the Department of the Air Force registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office is the premier aerial demonstrators, Thunderbirds. Registrations include the wordmark "USAF Thunderbirds" as well as the Thunderbirds logo with the history of their first use dating back to 1982 for entertainment in the nature of air shows, stunt aircraft flying as well as entertainment in the nature of VIP recreational aircraft rides.
2017 Registration Thunderbirds
The Air Force Academy's trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office include the mark of capital letters "AF" in a block form, the standard wordmark "UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY," and the "AF" in a block form in conjunction with "UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY." The service marks in summary are registered for the use of educational services.
Department of the Air Force (DAF) retains the right to withhold licensing of certain products, which includes, but is not limited to, alcohol, tobacco, drug or smoking paraphernalia, firearms, weapons of any type, undergarments, products sexual in nature, food or drink items (consumables), cosmetics (to include fragrances, soaps and hair products), medical devices or products contrary to the good order and discipline of the DAF.
Department of Defense employees, their families and veterans are required to get a license if they have a company, small business or hobby that intends to sell products bearing any DAF trademark. If interested in the use of our trademarks for commercial purposes, please visit our licensing section of our website, or click HERE to be directed to that page.
Department of Defense and DAF policy and regulations prohibit use of official DAF markings, insignia and symbols in ways that imply endorsement of a commercial or non-federal entity or activity (5 CFR Part 2635.702, DoD Joint Ethics Regulation, DoD 5500.7-R and DODI 5535.12). This applies to all DAF markings and symbols, including the Air Force Symbol and Space Force logo.
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