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Ubisoft Watch_Dogs trademark abandoned due to fraud

It kicked off on the internet last night with reports coming in that Ubisoft had abandoned one of its trademarks for Watch_Dogs. Well it's lucky we didn't jump on the news bandwagon, because Ubisoft has revealed this morning that the trademark abandonment was the result of fraud.

"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," Ubisoft wrote.

"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."

Ubisoft has now requested that the specific Watch Dogs trademark not be abandoned at all.

Expect plenty of news sites to report on this news later today.

Edited On 04 Feb, 2014

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ZdravkoN's avatar
ZdravkoN 3 years ago
Looks like PR thing to me. Those requests are signed using digital signatures (most probably). As far as I know it is almost impossible to fake a digital signature. So... Watch Dogs was under the radar for the last few months. It will be released soon (within the next 4 months), so it is time for them to start hyping the game again. And yeah, digital fraud for a game that is cantered around hacking... You know here I am going :)
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Dead 3 years ago
Sounds about right.

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