Watch Dogs trademark not abandoned by Ubisoft, company claims fraud

Watch Dogs

By on February 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

Reports that Ubisoft had attempted to abandon its Watch Dogs trademark have turned out to be false today, with the company filing a petition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office claiming that somebody fraudulently impersonated CEO Yves Guillemot in an attempt to have the trademark abandoned.

A document sent to the USPTO can be read here (if the link changes, you want the document titled “Petition to Director Received” in the drop-down menu).

The document claims that “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.”

“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 of this filing, the Office has not yet issued a Notice of Abandonment.”

Ubisoft’s letter then goes on to insist that the trademark be reinstated, quashing speculation that a name change or cancellation was on the cards.

“The sole point to be reviewed in this matter is whether Application Serial No. 85642398 should be revived after the filing of a fraudulent Request for Express Abandonment. Given the circumstances that a Request for Express Abandonment was fraudulently filed by someone purporting to act on behalf of Ubisoft Entertainment who fraudulently signed the name of the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Application Serial No. 85642398 should not be abandoned.”

We recently went hands-on with Watch Dogs. It was pretty ballin’.

Source: via NeoGAF and Gamespot

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Well firstly, Why would someone do this, and secondly, why is it still not out yet?!

 

I’m of the impression someone like the CEO of Ubisoft wouldn’t bother with menial tasks like trademark registration, and that there office grunts who would do that sort of thing.

 

Was the purpose of Ubisoft’s letter to make the patent office go crosseyed? That last sentence :S

 

spkypwnsuall,

Wouldn’t mind knowing why it’s not out either, I did submit an article back last year about it being delayed but I didn’t see a reason!

 

It was delayed for polishing reasons!

http://games.on.net/2013/10/watch-dogs-delayed-on-every-platform-until-autumn-2014/

Though when I saw it in action it seemed pretty complete, so IDK :/

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Look at him, in that picture… He’s like: “So, Home Brewed, small time coffee shop. You want to protect yourself against vandalism and theft, do you? Well, The Hacker is here to take over your closed circuit camera and use it to look down ladies tops and sell the videos for $0.05 each on the I-Store! FRRREEEDDOOOOMMMM!”

 

Tim Colwill,

The skeptic in my thinks that they were all ready to release it but GTA V was expected to sell millions upon millions of copies..

Ubisoft probably knew it couldn’t compete with that so release day sales would be low.

Now they are probably just waiting for a good time to release it without much competition

 
Nasty Wet Smear

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Tim Colwill,

The skeptic in my thinks that they were all ready to release it but GTA V was expected to sell millions upon millions of copies..

Ubisoft probably knew it couldn’t compete with that so release day sales would be low.

Now they are probably just waiting for a good time to release it without much competition

I’m not doing much this weekend… So, you know, tomorrow would be cool. Can you tell them to arrange it for tomorrow, please?

 

I’m on it.

 
spkypwnsuall

somexspec,

Yeah, like Tim said, polish was the reason but its an awful lot of polish to put in to a game that is “pretty complete”. Its going to be so shiny no one will be able to look at it.

But more seriously, its likely to be optimisation for new consoles that could be holding it back, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to get the console edition to meet/match PC expectations, squeeze the juice out of those outdated specs from day 1. But why that would hold back PC, I can’t fathom. Adding more DRM Ubisoft? (please no, uplay is pointless secondary drm in my mind)

Tim Colwill,

Legend, I’ll put my wallet on notice for tomorrow then.

 

I’d rather wait a few months and have a polished game than have them rush it to shelves and be bug ridden. Ubisoft realise that they have a potentially huge new franchise on their hands and want to make sure that it is up to the expectations of everyone looking forward to playing it, and I applaud them for try to make it so.

 
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