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EA Abandons ‘Ghost’ Trademark by Conceding to Ubisoft
Earlier this year, Ubisoft filed a notice of opposition with the USPTO against Electronic Arts that was trying to trademark ‘Ghost’ so as to avoid confusion regarding the publisher’s Ghost Recon franchise.
However, a NeoGaf member has dug USPTO documents dating Feb. 24, 2016, according to which; Electronic Arts has left at least one of the filings under the video game category.
In addition to this, USPTO’s official website also contains an express abandonment notice which states that the filed application was withdrawn in consent with the opposer which in this case is Ubisoft.
Electronic Arts basically wanted the trademark for Ghost Games and Ubisoft for Ghost Recon franchise; especially now that the developer is seeing to release Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Ubisoft is of the view that the consumers may be deceived and defrauded, stating:
Consumers are likely to believe, mistakenly, that the goods and services Applicant [EA] offers under Applicant’s Mark are provided, sponsored, endorsed, or approved by Opposers [Ubisoft], or are in some way affiliated, connected, or associated with Opposers.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands currently remains without a concrete release date and is scheduled to release on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.
Seeing this recent turn of events, it remains to be seen whether the trademark will affect Ghost Games in any way or not. What is your take on this? Let us know in the comments section below!