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From cat names to fruit, here are 11 bizarre things celebrities have tried to trademark

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  A lot of celebrities file for trademarks,
  which essentially makes it so others cannot profit off of an
  original idea or phrase.
  
  Sometimes 
    celebrities have caused a lot of controversy with their
    trademark applications, with many accusing stars of
    appropriating a culture, stealing someone else's phrase, or
    trying to get the rights to something that's far too common.
  
  Taylor Swift has tried to trademark her three cats' names as
  well as plenty of her lyrics.
  
  After going viral for singing "rise and shine" to her
  daughter, Kylie Jenner is trying to trademark it.
  
  
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  From catchphrases to pet names,
  celebrities have tried to trademark a lot of different things
  over the years. 

  In simple terms, 
  trademarks are a legal way to ensure other people can't
  profit off of your original idea or phrase, though the rules for
  what can and cannot be trademarked are not exactly clear-cut and
  simple.

  Most of the time, they apply to
  specific goods - for famous individuals, trademarks oftentimes
  prevent people from selling faux merchandise, like phone cases or
  T-shirts, with lyrics, catchphrases, or names tied to specific
  celebrities. 

  Notably, 
  registering for a trademark isn't difficult, but being
  approved for one can be challenging and it can take over a year
  to complete the process. Plus, trademarks must be renewed every
  few years so they can stay active. 

  From fruits to common names and
  phrases, here are 11 strange or controversial things celebrities
  have tried to trademark.

  • A lot of celebrities file for trademarks, which essentially makes it so others cannot profit off of an original idea or phrase.
  • Sometimes celebrities have caused a lot of controversy with their trademark applications, with many accusing stars of appropriating a culture, stealing someone else's phrase, or trying to get the rights to something that's far too common.
  • Taylor Swift has tried to trademark her three cats' names as well as plenty of her lyrics.
  • After going viral for singing "rise and shine" to her daughter, Kylie Jenner is trying to trademark it.

From catchphrases to pet names, celebrities have tried to trademark a lot of different things over the years.

In simple terms, trademarks are a legal way to ensure other people can't profit off of your original idea or phrase, though the rules for what can and cannot be trademarked are not exactly clear-cut and simple.

Most of the time, they apply to specific goods - for famous individuals, trademarks oftentimes prevent people from selling faux merchandise, like phone cases or T-shirts, with lyrics, catchphrases, or names tied to specific celebrities.

Notably, registering for a trademark isn't difficult, but being approved for one can be challenging and it can take over a year to complete the process. Plus, trademarks must be renewed every few years so they can stay active.

From fruits to common names and phrases, here are 11 strange or controversial things celebrities have tried to trademark.

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