Visa’s trademark applications suggest more involvement in crypto space
Major credit card company Visa may be planning to explore digital wallet services based on two recent trademark applications.
According to records submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Oct. 22, the Visa International Service Association two applications for its character mark to be used in software “to view, access, store, monitor, manage, trade, send, receive, transmit, and exchange” crypto assets and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. The filings also the credit card company may be exploring a move into the metaverse, with its namesake used in “virtual environments in which users can interact for recreational, leisure or entertainment purposes.”
VISA has filed 2 trademark applications claiming plans for:
▶️ Managing Digital, Virtual, and Cryptocurrency transactions
▶️ Digital currency + Cryptocurrency wallets
▶️ NFTs + Virtual goods
▶️ Providing virtual environments
— Mike Kondoudis (@KondoudisLaw)
Some reports that there are more than 1 billion Visa cards in circulation around the world. The company has previously to offer credit and debit cards tied to crypto payments. The trademark filings followed those of Mastercard, which to use its logo in the metaverse and o NFTs.
The credit card company has announced gradual forays into the crypto space in recent years. In March 2021, Visa said it planned to launch a pilot program allowing its partners to use USD Coin () to settle transactions made in fiat. The company also spent $150,000 to in August 2021 as part of an effort for “first-hand understanding of the infrastructure requirements for a global brand to purchase, store, and leverage an NFT.”