Official Statement on Cosplay Wordmark

It has been brought to our attention that there are concerns regarding our I.P. wordmark of “Cosplay”. Cosplay.ph Organization Inc. would like to make an official statement regarding this issue.

The wordmark “cosplay” is indeed registered under Ms. Tanya Bairan, one of the directors of Cosplay.ph. Cosplay.ph applied for the wordmark, along with its trade name and all other names created under Cosplay.ph to establish its official status as an organization that focuses on cosplay events.

Initially, Cosplay.ph had applied for its own trademark as “Cosplay.ph” along with “Cosplay Philippines” and registering under NICE Classifications of Services number #35 and #41 which falls under the exclusive use of the wordmark for events. After considerable debate, we decided to apply for the word mark “cosplay” as well since the availability of “cosplay” itself, if taken by someone else, could invalidate our two previous trademarks.

The purpose of the wordmark was preemptive in order to keep the word “cosplay” safe so that it cannot be used to impede us from organizing cosplay events, because it is very closely associated with our branding. We believe that this measure was imperative for us to grow and flourish and so that we can continue to develop world-class events that we all know Filipino Cosplayers deserve.

Since the wordmark was approved, we have not enforced it in court nor asked for any royalties from any organization that uses “cosplay” in their event names; and, in cases where there was too much of a similarity between our branded events, we simply requested that they adjust their event title to avoid confusion. In fact, in these cases, we even ended up assisting them in their endeavors.

For the community’s peace of mind, you can use the word “cosplay” in your events and organizations as long as it does not cause any confusion between those events and the ones established by Cosplay.ph. You can make use of the terms like Cosplay Café, Cosplay Shoes, Cosplay Props or even Cosplay Candy as they are not events. This also does not inhibit you from classifying yourself as a Cosplayer, Cosplay Enthusiast or even Cosplay Photographer. The NICE Classifications of Services number #35 and #41 will assure you of that freedom to use it freely outside event names.

We understand how much the word cosplay means to you as it’s also equally important to us as Cosplay.ph is composed of Cosplayers and/or Cosplay Enthusiasts. Again, the intention of the wordmark was a preemptive measure to ensure the protection of the brand in order to allow us to continue to provide you with the best possible events without the shadow of legal entanglements.

Cosplay.ph Organization, Inc.

  • IM COOL -Dave Strider

    good thing there’s a comment box here, but since everything was discussed already at Cosplay Cool Center, I have nothing to do here. bye, my people needs me

  • IM COOL -Dave Strider

    good thing there’s a comment box here, but since everything was discussed already at Cosplay Cool Center, I have nothing to do here. bye, my people needs me

  • Ace Lopez

    I just want to ask… if I organize a small event. entitled “Cosplay Festival” wherein we have also contest regarding cosplay like best of mecha.. blah blah.. so it means I already violate because I used the word Cosplay in the event name?

    • Anonymous

      There is actually no violation. Unless there is a valid complaint about the event, no action needs to be taken.

  • Ace Lopez

    I just want to ask… if I organize a small event. entitled “Cosplay Festival” wherein we have also contest regarding cosplay like best of mecha.. blah blah.. so it means I already violate because I used the word Cosplay in the event name?

    • Anonymous

      There is actually no violation. Unless there is a valid complaint about the event, no action needs to be taken.

  • kousashi pangilinan

    The directors of cosplay.ph oranization is right because some of event that they didn’t hold was failed (you know what i mean) and they accuse the cosplay.ph for that thing.

    I will explain it into easiest way in our local language and if you want to translate may explanation just do it and i dont need a permision

    1. Sa nakikita natin na mga event laging cosplay.ph ang nangunguna sa magaganda ang maaayos na event at kung may kapalyahan man ang event naayos din agad nila ito para mas mapaganda pa ang event.

    2. Madalas na ibabaling ang sisi sa cosplay.ph ang mga ibang event na hindi naman nila hawak (hindi ko na sasabihin kung anong mga event yun dahil maaring ikasama ko pa).

    3. May mga binibigay na guide lines ang cosplay.ph para sa mga cosplayer, congoers, etc. para sa ika-liligtas ng bawat isa, pero madalas natin ito hindi sinusunod kaya sa hule sila parin ang na si-sisi.

    Ginawa lang ng Cosplay.ph Organization ang nararapat para sa ika-bubute ng lahat at sana naman wag ninyo ikagalit ang ginawa nila dahil marami pang rason ang pwedeng ibigay ang cosplay.ph para sa atin.
    Bago tayo mag complain sana isipin muna natin na para sa atin din ang ginawa nila, dahil hindi naman iyon panonolo lang, ito ay ibinabahagi para sa lahat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cstolentino Cesar Tolentino

    i don’t think you need to register ownership of the word ‘cosplay’ at the IP office if the intent is to safeguard the use of the word ‘cosplay’ in organizing events.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cstolentino Cesar Tolentino

      After all, Cosplay.ph does not have exclusive rights to being the ‘protector’ of all things cosplay in events.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cstolentino Cesar Tolentino

    i don’t think you need to register ownership of the word ‘cosplay’ at the IP office if the intent is to safeguard the use of the word ‘cosplay’ in organizing events.

  • Henry Sy Bak

    there’s always room–within the scope of law–for injunction to the rights of the word “cosplay”. we just need a bunch of lawyers who have nothing better to do with their time to make sure that the neo-dictionary word becomes free again. plus if it’s (r) it means it’s registered, it’s not a trademark yet.

    but imo, cosplay, with that logo/emblem/herald? my gawd.

  • Henry Sy Bak

    there’s always room–within the scope of law–for injunction to the rights of the word “cosplay”. we just need a bunch of lawyers who have nothing better to do with their time to make sure that the neo-dictionary word becomes free again. plus if it’s (r) it means it’s registered, it’s not a trademark yet.

    but imo, cosplay, with that logo/emblem/herald? my gawd.