Remember Deep Down? It’s been over a year since we saw the latest batch of screenshots, and Capcom has kept the project shrouded in a thick curtain of silence. In March, it will be a year since the last time in which a developer ever uttered the game’s name.
Yet, the project appears to be still alive, as revealed by the fact that on February 5th Capcom applied for the fourth time to extend the trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The application states that the publisher “continues its efforts in conducting product and/or service research or development with respect to the allowed good and services.”
This kind of filing is actually quite binding, because it’s equivalent to a sworn statement that the applicant intents to use the name commercially in the Unities States.
Incidentally, we’re starting to head into the last year of life of the trademark. U.S. trademark law, in fact, dictates that a company can’t keep a hold on a name forever unless it uses it. The trademark has already been extended third time, and this, if granted, would be the fourth. The legal limit is five, and an extension lasts only six months.
Doing the math, this means that Capcom has until February 2017 to use the trademark commercially in the United States, or the trademark will be lost.
Hopefully, we’ll hear something about it soon, but at least the folks at Capcom haven’t completely forgotten about it.