Respawn Actually Tried (and Failed) to Trademark "Machine"

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 11, 2014

At times software houses try to trademark extremely common words, and normally those attempts don’t end too well. This was the case with Titanfall‘s Respawn Entertainment, that tried to gain ownership of a word defining a much broader range of machines than titans. As a matter of fact, they tried to trademark “Machine.”

The trademark was filed at the same time as “Titanfall,” but the application was recently killed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office because too similar to Trino Games’ Machine World.

It’s worth mentioning that Respawn also tried to trademark “Titan,” but then gave up on it.

We don’t know whether the trademark was filed as an alternative title for Titanfall or for other purposes, but we can definitely say it was a bold attempt on Respawn’s part.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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