Microsoft and Fox Finally Settle Killer Instinct Dispute

April 4, 2013

Several months ago Microsoft shared their plans to renew their trademark for Killer Instinct, a series of fighting games that was pretty popular in the 90s. However, back in December it was discovered that the United States Patent & Trademark Office denied this renewal due to a conflict with a cancelled Fox crime drama also called Killer Instinct. The latest development makes the future of the video game series seem a lot more promising.

Microsoft and Fox recently joined on a Trademark Coexistence Agreement, a document which permits two corporations to use “similar branding”. It seems that for the moment, if Microsoft so chose, they could proceed with developing a new Killer Instinct title, though I’d wait for an official word from them before getting my hopes up.

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments.

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Kenneth Richardson

Kenneth is a Graphics and Game Design student who's worked as an author for since June of 2010. His favorite gaming genres are Fighting, Role Playing and Sadistic Action games like Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. In addition to gaming, he is also strongly interested in music, fashion, art, culture, literature, education, religion, cuisine, photography, architecture, philosophy, film, dance, and most forms of creative expression.

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