Ubisoft nearly lost the Watch Dogs trademark

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Who let the dogs out

There have been quite a few negative stories around Watch Dogs recently with the rumours that the development is struggling and that the Wii-U port had been cancelled but it looked really bad yesterday when it was revealed that the Watch Dogs trademark had been marked for abandonment.

According to an official spokesperson from Ubisoft the request to abandon the trademark was filed fraudulently and Ubisoft definitely do not wish to abandon the name.

“On February 1, 2014, Ubisoft Entertainment received an email from [email protected] notifying Ubisoft Entertainment that a Request for Express Abandonment had been filed in connection with Application Serial No. 85642398. The Request for Express Abandonment purports to be signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Entertainment, Yves Guillemot,” Ubisoft wrote.

“Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the Request for Express Abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the Request for Express Abandonment. The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative.”

Watch Dogs is planned for the second quarter of the year with local retailers still showing a 30th of May release date for all platforms including the Wii-U. Except for the Xbox One version which has a release date of the 28th of November but I’m 100% sure that’s because we don’t yet have a local Xbox One release date besides the October leak.

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Geoff and I had some time with Watch Dogs at Gamescom last year and you can read Geoff’s opinion right here, but to sum it up”

“More than just a future Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs seems to borrow elements from Splinter Cell and Far Cry as well – becoming a slower, more methodical, thinking-man’s open world game.”

Last Updated: February 4, 2014

Gavin Mannion

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