Kate Middleton Trademarks Her Name for Charity

Duchess of Cambridge files an application to protest her good name so she can continue to raise millions for her charitable endeavors

By Josh Grossberg Apr 02, 2013 2:33 PMTags
Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeNeil P. Mockford/FilmMagic

Kate Middleton has already made her mark on the public consciousness. So she might as well make her legal mark while she's at it.

St. James's Palace confirms The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has applied to the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office to trademark a slew of goods in her name.

The branding effort, first reported by The Telegraph, came about in the wake of Kate' royal wedding to Prince William when the charity took its new moniker and applied for protection on merchandise in the "clothing, footwear and headgear" categories.

"Since the name change of the foundation last year, we have been registering our new name and logo in different territories around the world," a spokesman tells E! News. "As part of that process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally. We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make t-shirts in years to come for marathon runners, etc."

So before you go thinking Middleton's out to make a quick buck, it's all for a good cause since the retail products would feature the charity's name emblazoned on them.

 And that's good news for The Royal Foundation which has raised millions of dollars to benefit various initiatives dear to the royal couple's heart, from aiding disadvantaged youth and sick children to anti-bullying campaigns and the conservation efforts.

—Reporting by Melanie Bromley