Activision Abandons Trademark for True Crime Series with Expiration Notice

on December 30, 2014 9:53 AM

In the early 2000’s, those with a PS2, Xbox, or GameCube could live large in the over-the-top but fun True Crime series, which came out on the heels of Grand Theft Auto III and spawned an additional sequel several years later.

While many have waited patiently for news on a sequel following True Crime: New York City in 2005, the latest news appears to be that Activision, the series’ rights holder, has no interest in reviving the open-world crime series following a trademark expiration notice appearing online.

A notice for True Crime‘s trademark (US serial number “78067332”) was created on June 5th, 2001, about a year before the game’s release, though a new notice appearing to be filed on December 19th, 2014 shows that the federal trademark for the series has now expired and been abandoned.

Though the notice shows that True Crime may be sleeping with the fishes at this point, it’s currently unclear whether Activision has completely abandoned the trademark or does plan to revive the series at a later time.

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Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.