According to a report by Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix was able to secure trademarks for its original comedy series Space Force before the actual military branch its based on could do the same.
In a real-life plot twist that would likely make F. Tony Scarapiducci‘s head explode, Netflix began securing global trademark rights for “Space Force” back in 2019. Meanwhile, the only trademark protection the U.S. government has for its newest armed service division is a pending application for registration within the United States filed by the Air Force.
The fact that Netflix’s series is a parody of the actual military branch would likely protect it from most trademark issues. Where things might get dicey is if both the real Space Force and Netflix’s Space Force attempt to sell logoed products and apparel.
For now, however, no one appears to be ready to go to war in the court. In fact, the U.S. military was downright cool about the whole thing, with an Air Force representative telling the Hollywood Reporter:
“At this time, we are not aware of any trademark conflicts with the fictional program Space Force produced by Netflix. We wish Netflix and the show’s producers the best in their creative depiction of our nation’s newest branch of the military.”
All ten episodes of the first season of Space Force (which is really good) are available now on Netflix.