New York Stock Exchange Files For NFTs, NFT Marketplace Trademarks: Report – Benzinga – Benzinga


A leading stock exchange could be getting into the non-fungible token market, according to a trademark filing.

What Happened: The New York Stock Exchange, which is owned by Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE), has filed for several metaverse- and NFT-related trademarks, according to attorney Mike Kondoudis, who first shared the trademark filings on Twitter. The NYSE has filed for trademarks related to:

  • Downloadable virtual goods, like non-fungible tokens
  • Online marketplace for buyers, sellers and traders of digital goods authenticated by non-fungible tokens
  • Financial exchange of virtual currency that could include virtual currency, cryptocurrency, digital tokens, crypto tokens, utility tokens and NFTs.

The report says the trademark filings were registered on Feb. 10.

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Why It’s Important: The filing by the NYSE follows several public companies that have filed to protect their brands or explore getting into the NFT and metaverse space.

McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and Panera filed trademarks for their brands in regards to NFTs and virtual restaurants in the metaverse.

Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) also filed for several trademarks related to making and selling virtual goods.

Gaming company Roblox Corp (NYSE:RBLX) has been onboarding companies into the metaverse. The company has partnered with Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), the National Football League and others.

The move by the NYSE could be to protect its brand in the metaverse or could signal a major push by the stock exchange to get a piece of the growing sales volume of NFT transactions.

OpenSea was valued at $13 billion in a January funding round. Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ:COIN) has a highly anticipated NFT marketplace launch that could lead to increased NFT sales volume and valuations for NFT-related products and companies.

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