Warner Brothers Apply for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Trademark….FOR MOVIES (and other things)


UPDATE – (14 July) – Click Here for More on this Story


Ok, if you’re not a huge Harry Potter fan, let me quickly get you up to speed. There was lots of Harry Potter books, they were made into movies, you might have heard of them. THEN there was this other book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is being made into a play, but NOT a movie according to JK Rowling.

BUT THEN, In the words of Homer Simpson, wellity wellity wellity.

Warner Brothers have just applied for a Trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the UK.

Happy Potter Trademark Application 1
There may be absolutely nothing in this at all of course…….as I said, JK Rowling has already stated that Harry Potter and the cursed child is NOT going to be a movie:

As against that, WHY would Warner Brothers (who last I checked had nothing to do with plays) apply to register the trademark? Apart from anything else, they can’t really apply for a trademark for something they have no rights in, and expect notoriously brand protective JK Rowling to do nothing. Therefore we can safely assume the application has been made with her consent, and on some understanding. It may just be that Warner have the options to all her future works, or this work in particular, perhaps?


Harry Potter Trademark Application 2

Somewhat oddly, JK herself does already have lots of trademarks for ‘The Cursed Child’:

Cursed CHild Applications

Oh, here’s all the classes of goods and services that it has been registered for. You know that Play, that’s only going to be a play and not a movie or anything? Can anybody see where it’s registered for anything to do with plays? (Spoiler alert, it’s not)

Nice class number 8
List of goods and services Hand tools and implements (hand operated); cutlery; silverware [cutlery, forks and spoons]; table cutlery [knives, forks and spoons]; disposable tableware [cutlery] made of plastics; side arms; parts and accessories for all of the aforementioned.
(511)Nice class number 9
List of goods and services Motion picture films featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation, and motion picture films for broadcast on television featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation; audio video discs, and digital versatile discs featuring music, comedy, drama, action, adventure, and/or animation; stereo headphones; batteries; cordless telephones; CD players; CD ROM computer game discs; telephone and/or radio pagers; compact disc players; radios; mouse pads; eyeglasses, sunglasses and cases therefore; downloadable software for use in playing online computer games, downloadable computer game software; computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones; video and computer game programs; video game cartridges; computer and video games which are designed for hardware platforms, namely, game consoles and personal computers; computer game software for gaming machines including slot machines; computer software or firmware for games of chance on any computerized platform, including dedicated gaming consoles, video based slot machines, reel based slot machines and video lottery terminals; CD-ROM and digital versatile computer game discs and computer programs, namely, software linking digitized video and audio media to a global computer information network; downloadable audio-visual media content in the field of entertainment featuring animated motion pictures, television series, comedies, and dramas; computer software, namely, computer software for streaming audio-visual media content via the Internet, computer software for streaming and storing audio-visual media content, downloadable audio and video players for media content with multimedia and interactive functions; computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, software that enables users to play and program entertainment-related audio, video, text and multi-media content; computer application software for streaming and storing audio-visual media content; computer application software for streaming audio-visual media content via the Internet; downloadable computer software for streaming audio-visual media content via the Internet; downloadable computer software for streaming and storing audio-visual media content; downloadable publications in the nature of books featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, comic books, children’s books, strategy guides, magazines featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, coloring books, children’s activity books and magazines in the field of entertainment; cellular telephone accessories, namely hands-free accessories, cellular telephone covers, cellular telephone face covers and cellular telephone cases; encoded magnetic cards, namely, phone cards, credit cards, cash cards, debit cards and magnetic key cards; and decorative magnets.
(511)Nice class number 14
List of goods and services Precious metals and their alloys; precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments; precious metal goods or goods coated in precious metals, namely, watches, alarm watches, sporting watches, jewelry, bracelets, ankle bracelets, brooches, chains, charms, cuff-links, rings, earrings, necklaces, lapel pins, tie pins, tie clips, ornamental pins, pendants, amulets, key rings and key chains; clocks; alarm clocks; desk clocks; watches; alarm watches; sporting watches; jewelry; beads for making jewelry; costume jewelry; bracelets; ankle bracelets; brooches; chains; charms; cuff-links; rings; earrings; necklaces; lapel pins; tie pins; tie clips; ornamental pins; pendants; amulets; key rings and key chains; key chains, not of metal; key chains as jewelry [trinkets or fobs]; key chains [trinkets or fobs]; key chains [trinkets or fobs] of precious metals; key rings [trinkets or fobs]; leather key chains; imitation leather key chains; leather key rings; imitation leather key rings; leather key fobs; key fobs of imitation leather; action figures (decorative) of precious metal; figurines coated with precious metal; figurines of precious or semi-precious stones; adhesive wall decorations of precious metal; badges of precious metal; pin badges of precious metal; cases for clocks; cases and containers of precious metal; jewelry cases; musical jewelry boxes; leather jewelry boxes; coins.
(511)Nice class number 16
List of goods and services Paper; cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks; printed matter and paper goods–namely, books featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, comic books, children’s books, magazines featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, coloring books, children’s activity books; stationery, writing paper, envelopes, notebooks, diaries, note cards, greeting cards, trading cards, postcards; paper weights; wall planners; paper pennants; travel pass holder; lithographs; pens, pencils, cases therefor, erasers, crayons, markers, coloring pens, colored pencils, pen sets, quill pens, painting sets, chalk and chalkboards; novelty pens; stickers; decals, heat transfers; posters; art prints; fine art prints; art mounts; mounted and/or unmounted photographs; book covers, book marks, bookends, calendars, gift wrapping paper; paper party decorations–namely, paper napkins, paper place mats, crepe paper, invitations, paper table cloths, paper cake decorations; temporary tattoos; printed transfers for embroidery or fabric appliqués; printed patterns for costumes, pajamas, sweatshirts and t-shirts; souvenir programmes.
(511)Nice class number 18
List of goods and services Leather and imitations of leather; athletic bags, baby backpacks, backpacks, rucksacks, beach bags, book bags, diaper bags, duffel bags, gym bags, sport bags, handbags, tote bags, messenger bags, satchels, coin purses, fanny packs, knapsacks, waist packs, shopping bags, reuseable shopping bags; umbrellas; wallets; accessories made of leather, namely wallets, handbags and belts; trunks and travelling bags; luggage tags.
(511)Nice class number 20
List of goods and services Plastic license plate frames, sleeping bags, plastic cake decorations; non-metal key chains; chair pads, deck chairs, non-metal money clips, corks for bottles, drinking straws, picture frames, pillows and seat cushions; booster seats, infant walkers, bassinets, high chairs and crib bumpers; hand-held fans, decorative mobiles, and soft-sculpture wall decorations.
(511)Nice class number 21
List of goods and services Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); toothbrushes; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes; glass, ceramic and earthenware goods, namely, bowls, plates, coffee cups, and cups; beverage glassware, namely, jugs, mugs and drinking glasses; sugar and creamer sets; infant cups; jars; cookie jars; metal piggy banks; ceramic, glass and china figurines; candle holders; non-electric coffee pots not of precious metal; non-electric tea pots; lunch boxes; lunch pails; wastepaper baskets; ice buckets; plastic buckets; shower caddies, canteens; cake molds; serving utensils, namely, pie servers, cake turners, spatulas, scrapers, and cake servers; cookie cutters; coasters (tableware); plastic coasters; thermal insulated containers for food or beverages; drinking flasks for travellers; cork screws; water bottles sold empty; drinking flasks; decanters; gardening gloves; rubber household gloves; barbecue mitts, oven mitts, and pot holders; dinnerware, namely, paper plates and paper cups.
(511)Nice class number 24
List of goods and services Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; fabrics; bath linens, namely, towels, bath towels and wash cloths; beach towels; bed linens, namely, bed blankets, bed canopies, bed pads, bed sheets, bed spreads, pillow cases, comforters, duvet covers, mattress covers, dust ruffles, pillow shams and bed spreads; textile wall hangings; plastic, felt and cloth pennants; curtains; draperies; cotton, polyester and/or nylon fabric; linen; household textiles; kitchen linens, namely, cloth napkins, dish cloths, fabric table cloths, table covers, kitchen towels, tea towels, fabric place mats, washing mitts, fabric table runners and cloth coasters; quilts, throws, handkerchiefs, and golf towels.
(511)Nice class number 25
List of goods and services Clothing, footwear, headgear; clothing for men, women and children – namely, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jogging suits, trousers, pants, shorts, leggings, lounge pants, tank tops, rainwear, cloth baby bibs, baby bodysuits, skirts, blouses, dresses, suspenders, sweaters, hoodies, jackets, vests, cardigans, coats, raincoats, ponchos, snow suits, jumpers, ties, bow ties, robes, dressing gowns, hats, caps, beanies, bobble hats, sunvisors, paper hats, headbands, belts, scarves, gloves, sleepwear, pajamas, lingerie, underwear, boots, shoes, sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, socks, booties, slippers, slipper socks, plastic bibs, swimwear and masquerade and Halloween costumes.
(511)Nice class number 26
List of goods and services Lace, embroidery and ribbons; haberdashery; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; sewing thimbles; buttons; novelty buttons; badges for wear not of precious metal; heat adhesive patches; brooches for clothing; hair ornaments; decorative articles for the hair; hair bands; hair pins; hair clips; barrettes; hair ties; bows for the hair; scrunchies; sewing boxes; decorative ribbons; lanyards (cords) for wear; shoe laces; boot laces; belt buckles for clothing; belt buckles of precious metals; belt buckles not of precious metals.
(511)Nice class number 28
List of goods and services Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; toys and sporting goods, including games and playthings–namely, action figures and accessories therefor; playsets for action figures; plush toys; balloons; bathtub toys; ride-on toys; toy vehicles; toy furniture; dolls, dolls’ clothing and dolls’ clothing accessories; paper dolls; bobble-head dolls; flying discs; electronic hand-held game unit; playing cards; equipment sold as a unit for playing card games; game equipment sold as a unit for playing a board game, a card game, a manipulative game, a parlor game and an action type target game; game equipment sold as a unit for playing a parlor-type computer game; stand alone video output game machines; jigsaw and manipulative puzzles; play wands; skateboards; ice skates; water squirting toys; balls–namely, playground balls, soccer balls, baseballs, basketballs; baseball gloves; swimming floats for recreational use; kickboard flotation devices for recreational use; surfboards; swim boards for recreational use; swim fins; toy bakeware and toy cookware; toy banks; toy snow globes; snow globes; paper party favors and paper party hats; paper face masks; masquerade and Halloween masks; Christmas tree ornaments and Christmas stockings.
(511)Nice class number 30
List of goods and services Cookies; crackers; bases for making milkshakes; breakfast cereal; bubble gum; chewing gum; cake decorations made of candy; frozen confections, frozen yogurt, ice cream, pretzels, peanut butter confectionery chips; malt for food; soybean malt; malt biscuits; chocolate confectionery; sugar confectionery, namely candy, candy bars, candy mints, candy coated and caramel popcorn, and candy decorations for cakes; edible decorations for cakes; rice cakes; pastilles; pastries; biscuits and bread; coffee beverages with milk; cocoa beverages with milk, chocolate-based beverages, coffee and coffee-based beverages, cocoa and cocoa-based beverages; tea, namely, ginseng tea, black tea, green tea, oolong tea, barley and barley-leaf tea; meat tenderizers for household purposes; binding agents for ice-cream.

Here’s the application in full:

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About the author 

Brian Conroy

I am a Trademark, Corporate and Commercial Litigation Solicitor with a background in the media industry. I specialise in Data Protection, Media, and Intellectual Property Law, both contentious and non-contentious. I trained with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, and spent 13 years working within the Denis O'Brien owned Communicorp Group of radio stations. For further information or to arrange a consultation or call back phone Leman Solicitors on 01 6393000

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