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Black Lives Matter does NOT have trademark protection!

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Protection Office (USPTO), Black Lives Matter does NOT have trademark protection.

Nevertheless, people continue to apply for trademark protection in order capitalize on the popularity of the slogan. Unfortunately, people use this slogan so broadly, the USPTO will never approve trademark protection.

This video defines trademark protection, shows the number of pending trademark applications at the USPTO, and explains why Black Lives Matter will never have trademark protection.


Hello, I’m Susan Woods. In case you are wondering how I’m qualified to investigate “Black Lives Matter,” please read my credentials below.


I started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called “Comprehensive Community-Based Solutions, Incorporated” in 2003. I offered two programs under the nonprofit organization until December 2013.


I teach people how to start, fund, manage, sustain, and reinstate nonprofit organizations and how to write grant proposals via online and in-person classes. The class list and descriptions are below in the link below:


I also complete the “Form 1023: Application for Recognition of Exemption” to help nonprofit professionals earn 501(c)(3) status across the country. Thus far, I’ve completed 114 application packets and I’ve earned a 100% approval rating from the Internal Revenue Service.

Learn how I help people earn 501(c)(3) status below:

** Master of Business Administration – Winthrop University
** Master of Arts in Teaching Business Education – Winthrop University
** Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Winthrop University
** Nonprofit Management Certificate – Duke University
** Nonprofit Management Certificate – Wake Forest University
** Nonprofit Management Certificate – Winthrop University


The terrible video of George Floyd losing his life had a tremendous impact on my life. I felt compelled to invest in “Black Lives Matter” until I learned about the lack of structure and leadership.

As a matter of fact, I was so disgusted with the blatant lack of financial transparency, I decided to investigate each BLM chapter and entity and share my results under the banner: Black Lives Matter Investigations.

Thanks for taking the time to view the videos to see the results.

Susan Woods, MBA – Nonprofit Consultant

#BLMInvestigations #BlackLivesMatter #IRS #Form1023 #501c3

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