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Trademarks for Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 to be refiled

Friday, 18th May 2012 21:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft has said it intentionally let the trademark applications for Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 lapse due to a rejection from the USPTO.

According to a statement handed to Games Radar, when the firm filed for the trademarks, it listed Gearbox as a co-applicant; however, since Gearbox holds the exclusive registrations for all Brothers in Arms trademarks, the USPTO rejected the applications filed by Ubisoft.

“Initially, Ubisoft submitted the trademarks on behalf of Gearbox with Gearbox and Ubisoft as co-applicants,” said a representative for Ubisoft. “The [United States Patent and Trademark Office] rejected this approach (about 9 months ago), noting Gearbox’s exclusive registrations for all Brothers in Arms trademarks.

“Given the USPTO choice between abandonment or continued administrative confusion on the matter, we simply opted for administrative abandonment until re-filing becomes necessary. To avoid confusion with the USPTO, Gearbox will be filing its future Brothers in Arms-related trademarks directly and individually.”

The trademark abandonment was noted earlier today by internet sleuth Superannuation, which had everyone scrambling to figure out whether the game was getting a name change, or worse case scenario, cancelled.

Information on the title has slim since it was announced, but its down for a late summer, release.

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5 Comments

  1. Maximum Payne

    They could call it : Borderlands: Furious 4
    considering game will have 4 players coop,xp popping when you shoot enemy,skill tree…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ejams

    Hopefully it’s a name change because that’s what everyone was asking for. Looked like an interesting game, but why they slapped on the Brothers in Arms title is beyond anyone.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    I feel cancellation. While it really could be due to the name change, the fan reaction to first teaser has been beyond negative. This could be a new IP or a Borderlands spin-off as #1 said but a Brothers in Arms game!? Even for a spin-off that would be far fetched.
    I mean, comedy and other shown elements of Furious 4 have NOTHING to do with what makes BIA unique: Dark, engaging and often melodramatic story / cut-scenes, a more realistic approach and finally tactical commands from player.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Maximum Payne

    @3 Also, Borderlands is much stronger IP now then Brothers in Arms

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ejams

    Yea what you guys said. It looks like more of a borderlands game, but with the title of brothers in arms. Even if the name was changed, it still falls in to the other category now. Unless they show gameplay and can differentiate it as a new IP (or spin off or something like that), it’ll end up to close to being borderlands and will fall as being cancelled.

    #5 3 years ago

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