Having spent 43 years in the entertainment industry, winning multiple awards including Oscars and golden globes, Meryl Streep has now filed an application with the US Trademark and Patent Office to trademark her own name, "Meryl Streep".
Although Mary Louise Streep is her birth name, she has achieved fame and recognition through the name Meryl. As noted in her application, Streep has been in the entertainment industry since 1975, the date of her first production and the same year she graduated from Yale Drama School. During her career she has played a variety of roles in more than two dozen films such as The Iron Lady and Kramer vs Kramer.
The application was reportedly filed on the 22nd January and, if successful, would give her exclusive rights and protection against unauthorized commercial use. Meryl has applied to trademark her name relating to "entertainment services, live, televised, movie appearances, speaking engagements and autograph signings".
It is said that Meryl is long behind in the queue of celebrities that have already trademarked their names, such celebrities include 50 cent, Taylor Swift and David and Victoria Beckham. Many celebrities choose to trademark their name in an effort to protect the integrity of it however it can also be a lucrative source of income.
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