Taylor Swift is trying to trademark ‘Blank Space’, ‘1989’ and the title of her childhood novel

Swift's other trademarks already include her lyric 'this sick beat'

Taylor Swift has put in trademark applications that include lyrics, concepts and the album title ‘1989’.

Having previously successfully trademarked her ‘Shake It Off’ lyric “this sick beat”, new applications with the US Patent Office include an application to trademark the stylized use of album title ‘1989’, as well as the title of single ‘Blank Space’ and lyric “And I’ll write your name”.

‘Swiftmas’ – the name Swift gives her annual gift-giving for superfans – and ‘A Girl Named Girl’, the title of an unpublished childhood novel written by the singer, are also included in the application.


The restrictions Swift is looking to enforce are to apply largely to clothing, paper products, live performances and literary publications, according to Digital Spy.

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Swift was involved in a copyright claim earlier this year, with R&B singer Jesse Graham filing a $42m (£27m) lawsuit against Swift, arguing that her 2014 hit single ‘Shake It Off’ ripped off one of his songs.

Graham believed that the ‘Shake It Off’ chorus lifts lyrics from his 2013 track ‘Haters Gone Hate’ and says there is “no way” Swift penned the lyrics independently of his song.

The lawsuit was dismissed in themed style by Judge Gail Standish, who littered her summing up with Swift lyrics. She said:

“As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space – one that requires Braham [Graham is the singer’s stage name, and Braham his real name] to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation in Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case.”

She concluded: “At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”

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