In random Taylor Swift legal news, the singer's legal team recently filed to trademark a handful of lines and song titles from her most recent album, 1989. The proposed registrations include "Nice to Meet You. Where You Been?", "Show You Incredible Things", "Cause We Never Go Out of Style", "Party Like its 1989", "T.S." and "This Sick Beat," the latter of which has been filed in sixteen categories of goods/services, including music/entertainment services and digital media recordings (obviously), online retailer services, paper products, apparel, and accessories.
Interestingly(?), the singer's counsel also filed applications (because in order to federally register a trademark, you must specify the individuals classes in which you would like protection to apply) in some others, including one that extends to "Bean bags; Ornaments; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree decorations," home decor, bed linens, and other home goods. Other weird goods include: typewriters, walking sticks, pot holders and the "whips, harnesses and saddlery," of course.
As for "Shake it Off," the title of one of her most recent hit songs, it appears Swift's counsel did not file to register that. While no one currently holds a registration for that make in the category for music, there are existing registrations for pharmaceuticals, diet plans, and the problematic ones: clothing, shoes, notebooks, posters, and other paper products.
To be clear, despite what you may have read on Rolling Stone, etc., Swift's legal team has not yet received federal registrations for the trademarks listed above. For a quick trademark lesson: Registration is not required in order to possess trademark rights. In fact, once you start using a mark in commerce (assuming it is not confusingly similar to an existing mark), you essentially have rights in it. They are limited, however, in terms of geography, and may only be enforced in the actual states in which you are using the marks. Federal registration (as distinct from the application for federal registration) enables a mark holder to enforce their mark nation-wide and collection larger sum of damages in a trademark infringement action.