Luke, I am your father®

hello-kitty-darth-vader-costumeCan breathing be trademarked? Yes. When it is Darth Vader’s breathing, it can!

Star Wars. An iconic trilogy. And with that we mean the first three episodes – which later turned out to be parts 4, 5 and 6. The movies holds many legendary movie quotes like:

– “No, I am your father” (often misquoted as “Luke, I am your father”)
– “The Force is strong with this one.”
– “When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master.”

and of course:

– “May the Force be with you.”

But equally iconic is the mechanical breathing sound of Darth Vader.

Did you know this sound has been trademarked by Lucasfilm, the makers of Star Wars?

In 2009 a 234 second audio clip was sent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on a compact disc for filing a so called soundmark.

So be careful when using Darth Vader’s breathing sound, as it is exclusively owned by Lucasfilm. Don’t mess with Lord Vader.

Erwin Hauër

“Hope is not a strategy.”

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