PHILADELPHIA (CBS)—KISS frontman Gene Simmons has reportedly filed an application to patent a well-known rock hand gesture similar to the “sign of the horns”, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The mark consists of a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upward and the thumb extended perpendicular,” the filing states on the U.S. Patent and Trademark website.
Here’s the drawing that’s included in the application:
According to Simmons, this hand gesture was first used in commerce Nov. 14, 1974. That appears to correspond with Kiss’ Hotter Than Hell tour.
Simmons’ hand gesture is quite similar to that of the “sign of the horns”, which has been associated with everything from Buddhism, “rock on”, to sports and even Satanic worship. It’s also the American Sign Language gesture for “I love you.”
According to the filing, Simmons claims to be the owner of the gesture and it’s to be used for “entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist” and “personal appearances by a musical artist.”
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office is examining Simmons’ claim and will assign it to an examining attorney approximately 3 months.