After reports of Ubisoft filing for express abandonment for the primary trademark for Watch Dogs and then the company denouncing the filing as fraudulent, it seems today this episode in the game’s development has been brought to a close. Polygon reports that the trademark was reinstalled today, so Ubisoft can carry on with its rights to the Watch Dogs name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is still uncertain as to who initiated the false filing to begin with, noting that “the abandonment remains part of the record, [but] it has no effect.”
The USPTO report went on to say: “Here, the circumstances are extraordinary. An unknown party who lacked authority executed the purported abandonment of the application. Although the request appears to have been sent by [Ubisoft], [the publisher] declared that it did not submit the request and has every reason to believe that this filing was fraudulent. The director finds the application should not have been abandoned.”
Watch Dogs still looks to be on track for a second quarter release this year on consoles and PC.
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