GM’s USPTO Trademark Application For ‘Manta Ray’ Progresses9
Back in June of 2015, General Motors filed a new trademark application with the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the term Corvette Manta Ray. Earlier this month, the application took an important step in the registration process as the USPTO scheduled to publish it for opposition on April 5th, 2016.
When a trademark is published for opposition, it is published in the USPTO’s Official Gazette, giving any outside parties 30 days from the publication date to either:
- File an opposition to the application
- File an extension to oppose the application
Assuming that the trademark passes this crucial phase, the next step will be for GM to file a Statement of Use with the USPTO, a document that outlines how it will use the trademark in a real-world product or service. GM can also file extensions (a maximum of five each lasting six months) to file the document if it can not demonstrate a real-world product with the Manta Ray or Corvette Manta Ray names. A trademark can not be registered without filing a Statement of Use document.
Now, check out our predictions surrounding what GM could be planning for the Corvette Manta Ray name.
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Chevrolet used the name Manta Ray as a concept vehicle for the Corvette; thus, this could be the name for another upcoming Corvette concept car or it can be a specific Corvette model (live to dream).
In my mind, I picture the Manta Ray as the rumored all new mid-engine Corvette. It would be sold along side the cheaper and smaller Stingray for a few years at least. Since a stingray (animal) is smaller than a manta ray, having the more expensive and exotic Corvette labeled as the Manta Ray makes sense. But again, this is all in my head 😉
There is also an “Electric Ray” animal:
So there can be a hybrid/EREV version of the Corvette combining the instant torque and economy of an electric motor and the complete power of the V8 engine, coupled to an uprated vesion of the Cadillac CT6 Hybrid’s RWD powertrain, with a battery pack in the rear. It will be a new sibling of the Chevy Volt.
That’s the e-ray:
That could be the next hyper supercar from chevy
With big gull wings that flap like a Manta Ray. lol
Well, gull wing or perhaps scissor doors would be cool on a mid engined Corvette hypercar. What really sparks my curiosity is what brand of gearbox/transaxle will be used. Would love to see an in house design and maybe AWD to get more power to the pavement as RWD doesn’t cut it at or above 650hp with traction limitations. Much the way lambo’s do it would be cool. Go big or go home for a true hypercar.
How about grouper, tuna, or seahorse? Those would be great super car names as well.
Salmon or sea cow would be best.