After attempting to trademark her signature catchphrase "Okurrr" back in March, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied Cardi B's filing, explaining it falls under the category of "widely-used commonplace expressions," according to documents obtained by The Blast. Cardi originally filed the request with plans to put the phrase on an apparel line and other merchandise including cups and posters, and also filed one for the phrase's alternate spelling, "Okurr."
USPT officials also added that the phrase "does not function as a trademark or service mark to indicate the source of applicant’s goods and/or services."
When news of the request originally broke, it sparked a conversation about the phrase's true origins, with Out Magazine tracing its first use back to actor Rodney Chester from a 2008 episode of cult classic Noah's Ark.
Cardi still has a chance to make changes and appeal her case, so this might not spell the end of it, but one trademark request that may go uncontested is the one she filed for "Bocktails" back in May for drinks and a potential talk show.