It looks like it could be quite a while before we see a new entry in the treasured Killer Instinct series. Back in September we reported that Microsoft had applied to renew their Killer Instinct trademark. Unfortunately, the United States Patent & Trademark Office has denied this renewal. The USPTO cites a conflict with Fox’s 2005 crime drama television series Killer Instinct as the reason for the denial. The Killer Instinct TV series aired for only a single season.
Perhaps Microsoft could come up with a different name for their new installment and somehow attach the Killer Instinct moniker to it. Apparently the fat lady hasn’t quite sang yet, as Microsoft can still appeal the denial by providing evidence supporting their claim. I’m not entirely sure how these things work, but this definitely seems like a setback for the once popular fighting series. Hopefully Microsoft’s new Killer Instinct video game project will still see the light of day.