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Take-Two Refiles for "Agent" Trademark in Anticipation of Abandonment

December 13, 2016

What’s happening with Take-Two Interactive and Agent? Announced at Sony’s 2009 E3 Press Conference, little has been heard of the title that seems to be on an indefinite hiatus — besides a few different filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The trademark for Agent was originally filed by Take-Two on July 18, 2013 with an “intent to use” application. People familiar with trademark law know that a pre-emptive Intent to Use trademark application can only be extended five times, in six month intervals, otherwise the owner surrenders the right to the IP. Take-Two filed their last extension for “Agent” almost a half-year ago — the property “Agent” will likely be considered abandoned afterwards.

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To prevent this abandonment, it seems like Take-Two has filed another application for “Agent” (both the logo and the name, as seen below) that would give them another three and a half year extension to use the trademark.

Prudent gamers wouldn’t rush to judgement and believe that we are going to see a new Agent (at least from Rockstar) anytime soon — their current project, Red Dead Redemption 2, is still a year away. However, Take-Two’s reluctance to give up the trademark may hint that the game may not be totally abandoned — at least, not right now.

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Lou Contaldi
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Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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