A few days ago a big hubbub happened as Ubisoft allegedly filed to unilaterally abandon the Watch Dogs trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The request, actually filed fraudulently by an unknown third party impersonating Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot, was promptly accepted and the trademark was filed as abandoned. This caused many to believe that the development of the game had been abandoned as well.
Two days ago Ubisoft appealed the decision, confirming with the USPTO that Guillemot sent no such request. After being swamped by bureaucracy for a couple days due to the lack of a necessary document (a separate affidavit signed by Mr. Guillemot declaring that he didn’t sign the original abandonment request), the government office decided to grant the appeal, and today the trademark has finally been reinstated under Ubisoft’s control.
All’s well that ends well. Looks like Watch_Dogs managed to pass another obstacle on the way towards its yet unannounced release date. Maybe we’ll finally hear about it soon now that this nut is cracked.