Cardi B‘s money moves may have been delayed just a bit: The rapper was denied the rights to her signature catchphrase, “Okurrr,” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, Page Six reports.
According to Page Six, the Bronx-bred rapper submitted an application to trademark the term in March, but her application was rejected because it’s a “widely-used, commonplace expression.”
The trademark office records obtained by Page Six show that the office cited resources such as Etsy, Refinery 29, People, USA Today and Dictionary.com as evidence that the term is “commonly used in the drag community and by celebrities as an alternate way of saying O.K.”
Therefore, the office concluded, the expression isn’t necessarily be associated with Cardi. However, the “Clout” lyricist is allowed to file an appeal proving otherwise.
As previously reported, the Grammy-winning rapper intended to trademark the term for an apparel line of t-shirts, bodysuits, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, hats and even underwear. It is unclear at this time if Cardi intends to refile.
Earlier this year, Pepsi highlighted Cardi’s catchphrase as one of two signature ways to say “O.K.” in its Super Bowl ad. The other celeb’s “O.K.” used in the spot was Lil Jon‘s.
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