Trademark Policy

What is Kickstarter's trademark policy?

Using another party’s trademark-protected materials in a way that confuses or misleads others may be considered trademark infringement and a violation of Kickstarter’s trademark policy.

What do I do if I believe someone is infringing my trademark?

Trademark owners should make every attempt to resolve a trademark dispute directly with the creator by messaging them directly from the project page.

If you’re unable to reach a resolution with the creator, you can report a trademark violation by completing our trademark form or by emailing the following information to copyright@kickstarter.com (please note that all information must be submitted in English):

  • URL of infringing project
  • Trademarked word or symbol
  • Registration number
  • Registration office (e.g., USPTO)
  • Details — how does the project violate your trademark? Please provide specific information and grounds for your complaint.
  • Your full legal name
  • Your email address (please use company email address)
  • Your title
  • Company name (trademark holder)
  • Company street address
  • A statement that you understand that Kickstarter may provide third parties, including the affected user, with a copy of this complaint
  • A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good-faith belief that the challenged material violates your rights
  • A statement under penalty of perjury that the information in this complaint is true and correct and that you are the trademark owner or are authorized to act on the trademark owner’s behalf
  • How does Kickstarter respond to reports of trademark infringements?

    Kickstarter respects the trademark rights of others and takes reports of trademark infringement very seriously. After you report a violation, Kickstarter will review your submission and take whatever action, in its sole discretion, it deems appropriate. This may include removal of the infringing content or disabling of public access to a project.

    Kickstarter has adopted a policy of, in appropriate circumstances, terminating User accounts that are repeat infringers of the intellectual property rights of others. Kickstarter also may terminate User accounts based on even a single infringement.

    How do I report a project for patent infringement?

    If you believe that a project is offering an item or service that infringes on a valid and enforceable patent, please submit the valid patent registration number and a court order finding infringement of the patent by the project to copyright@kickstarter.com.

    Additionally, please be sure to include the following information in your message:

    • URL of infringing project
    • Your full legal name
    • Your email address (please use company email address)
    • Company name (optional)
    • Company street address (optional)
    • A statement that you understand that Kickstarter may provide third parties, including the affected user, with a copy of this complaint.
    • A statement under penalty of perjury that the information in this complaint is true and correct and that you are the patent holder or are authorized to act on the patent holder's behalf.

    Kickstarter will review claims of patent infringement and will remove from public view any project that is the subject of a court order finding infringement of a valid and enforceable patent.