Arizona State University has filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for trademarks related to collectible tokens and the metaverse.
Trademark Attorney Josh Gerben wrote on Twitter that the applications were submitted by the university on June 7th. They include the name of the university and the name and logo of its American football team, the Sun Devils. Judging by these applications, the institution has big plans for development in the field of metaverses and Web3, thanks to which students will be able to interact with each other and with teachers.
In particular, Arizona State University (ASU) intends to issue non-fungible tokens in the form of tickets to various internal events, as well as featuring campus landmarks. It is also planned to release NFTs, which capture fragments of significant sporting events related to the university. As for the metaverse, the University of Arizona is ready to organize training sessions in a virtual environment.
ASU ranks as one of the largest public universities in the United States by enrollment, with over 77,000 students enrolled in the fall 2021 semester. About 57,000 people were studying remotely, which may have prompted the university leadership to explore the possibilities of the metaverses.
Earlier, ASU Director of Strategy and Curriculum Development Casey Evans called online learning the future of education, as this format allows students to gain knowledge during quarantine and other unforeseen circumstances.
Note that the University of Arizona has long been interested in the latest technologies. In 2019, ASU began using blockchain to store and share academic performance information between local colleges.