Watch Dogs is not cancelled. Please put down that axe.
By Tim Colwill 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’.