Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Bono name trademark could spell end for U2

Bono’s newly patented name and signature could spell a solo move for the U2 frontman.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, has converted his stage name and squiggle into a trademark with the Irish Patents Office amid hints that U2’s 35-year career may be nearing its end.

“I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up," Bono said during an interview last year. “It’s quite likely you might hear from us next year but it’s equally possible that you won’t,” according to the Irish Daily Star.

The rocker’s new patent means he can use his trademark sign on everything from music releases to underwear and glasses, following in the footsteps of Jedward who trademarked their name earlier this year.

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