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Watch Dogs trademark abandonment fraudulently filed, Ubisoft claims

Monday, 3rd February 2014 23:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Watch Dogs has become the centre of a trademark battle as Ubisoft works to counter what it claims is a fraudulently filed abandonment.

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Earlier today, reports emerged that Ubisoft had officially abandoned a trademark for Watch Dogs.

While the request for abandonment certainly exists, Ubisoft has filed a petition to the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office claiming it was filed fraudulently.

“On February 1, 2014, Ubisoft Entertainment received an email from TEAS@uspto.gov notifying Ubisoft Entertainment that a Request for Express Abandonment had been filed in connection with Application Serial No. 85642398. The Request for Express Abandonment purports to be signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Entertainment, Yves Guillemot,” Ubisoft wrote.

“Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the Request for Express Abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the Request for Express Abandonment. The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative.”

As the abandonment has not yet been issued, Ubisoft has quite sensibly requested the specific Watch Dogs trademark not be abandoned at all.

Watch Dogs is due on PC, PlayStation 3, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the second quarter.

Thanks, games.on.net.

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  1. SplatteredHouse

    Two questions – Why, and How would someone purport to be Ubi CEO, and do so sufficiently well to convince a federal body to start dropping the companies’ trademark claim? O.O

    This just sounds loopy. Are they certain that the notice about the “fraudulent” application was even itself legitimate?!

    #1 6 months ago
  2. thegrimmling

    @SplatteredHouse Well, under the present administration, qualities like being capable or competent are not required. Just who’s butt you kiss to get the job.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    On the subject of illegitimate things: https://twitter.com/CM_Games/status/430472940958674945

    Somebody who was not the owner caused Paper Monsters to be put on sale on Steam for the last eight hours! The proper publisher has had it taken down in the last few moments, after taking to the discussion board to try to warn people off buying it!

    #3 6 months ago
  4. johngeoffrey

    Error:

    PC, PlayStation 3, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

    PS3 in there twice and no PS4.

    #4 6 months ago