Take-Two Refiles for “Agent” Trademark in Anticipation of Abandonment
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.
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.