In the race to tie up intellectual property (IP) around cryptocurrency, some ideas have definitely been stronger than others. The latest to come from market leading wallet and exchange service Coinbase has certainly raised a few eyebrows—a trademark request for the word ‘buidl.’ And nobody knows for sure what it means.
The California-based unicorn already holds a number of trademarks, as well as having secured numerous patents around the crypto and blockchain space.
In what has been described as “a random move,” their latest application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covers ‘buidl’ in connection with “software as a service (SAAS) services featuring software for transactions using virtual currency, namely, software for managing, buying, selling, storing, transacting, exchanging, sending and receiving virtual currency.”
The application continues to describe how the term could be used in the “temporary use of non-downloadable computer software for use in accessing, reading, tracking, trading and using tokens via blockchain technology.”
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) December 6, 2018
While little information available beyond the application documents, it’s hard to say with certainty what’s going on. However, it appears as if Coinbase may be working on cloud-based tools for transacting in cryptocurrency, which would be an interesting proposition – though no other details about the project have been made public.
The similarity to ‘HODL’ has also been widely noted, with some analysts suggesting it shows Coinbase has a sense of humour (referring to the somewhat ironic meme in BTC communities of stoically holding the BTC coin in the belief the market will always continue to rise).
The phrase ‘BUIDL,