Killer Instinct: Microsoft’s trademark application denied

Tuesday, 4th December 2012 04:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft has been unable to secure the Killer Instinct trademark, despite announcing it had renewed its filing in mid-September.

The US Patent Office denied the platform holder’s application for “entertainment services, namely, providing online video games” trademark as likely to cause “confusion” because a Killer Instinct trademark is currently registered elsewhere as “entertainment services in the nature of a television series featuring drama”.

Polygon suspects FOX’s 2005 TV show Killer Instinct is the culprit; the crime show lasted just 13 episodes and only nine aired in the US.

Killer Instinct was a mid-90′s fighter series of two games developed by the Microsoft-owned Rare; fan clamour for a third entry has been increasing, but Rare seems to be busy elsewhere.



  1. Phoenixblight

    “Killer Instinct was a mid-90′s fighter series of two games developed by the currently Microsoft-owned Rare”

    They weren’t owned by Microsoft at the time those games were made.

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  3. Karooo

    Crediting proper sources is a must. Polygon didn’t find jackshit.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Mike W

    I loved the first killer instinct, the second not so much. But Rare has fallen and my hope of them ever recovering is gone. :(

    You young guys can’t even comprehend what a great game is, if you didn’t witness the titles that were being released in the 90′s and early 2000′s. ;)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    Always thought it was the poorest Mortal Kombat 3 rip-off I could have imagined…until I saw Tattoo Assassins and this looked like a masterpiece.

    Still, awful excuse for a fighting game series this was.

    #5 2 years ago

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