Yesterday, a user at NeoGAF discovered that Ubisoft had apparently abandoned the trademark for their upcoming open world hacking game Watch Dogs. It seemed like that the game may have been cancelled but it is not the case.
As it turns out, Ubisoft was not the one that made that request, and now it is claiming that someone fraudulently submitted the claim. The publishers of the game confirmed the news that they are working to get the trademark back. Watch Dogs is not cancelled, work on the game in going ahead unaffected.
“We are working directly with the U.S. [patent and trademark office] on reinstating the trademark for Watch Dogs, and it will be active again in the coming days. The matter has no impact on the ‘Watch Dogs’ development.”
The trademark for the Watch Dogs was originally filed in June of 2012, but earlier in January, the USPTO updated the filing to note that Ubisoft had filed an “express abandonment.”
Ubisoft in response said:
“That request to cease ownership of the trademark was apparently a part of an attempt to defraud the USPTO.”
Ubisoft today filed a petition with the USPTO to indicate that it never asked for the abandonment. The express filing was signed by Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot, but the company claims that was a forgery.
“Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the request for express abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the request.”
This is so far the news, we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.