Watch Dogs Trademark Back Under Ubisoft’s Control: All’s Well that Ends Well

on February 5, 2014 2:31 PM

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.

 /  Executive News Editor
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.