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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 TEAS@uspto.gov 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.

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


  1. Jaded_Reprobate

    February 4, 2014 at 08:03

    if this game is half as good as the hype… it’s going to take epic to a whole new level…


    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      February 4, 2014 at 08:06

      Indeed, I’m still convinced it is going to be awesome!


      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        February 4, 2014 at 08:14

        Let’s hope we don’t regret it. Really looking forward to this one.


  2. Umar Hyakutaro [S]

    February 4, 2014 at 08:20

    Oh so WiiU version wasn’t cancelled?


    • Wyzak

      February 4, 2014 at 08:32

      It was only a rumour and a pretty bad one at that. It wasn’t listed on Nintendo’s expected games of 2014 (but that list only lists games that can be downloaded from the eshop).


      • Umar Hyakutaro [S]

        February 4, 2014 at 08:35

        Ahh I see, that’s fantastic news 🙂


  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 4, 2014 at 08:33

    A thinking man’s game? Wow, that’s not going to sell well 😛


    • Unavengedavo

      February 4, 2014 at 09:21

      Most of ‘Merica will hate it O_o


  4. Rock789

    February 4, 2014 at 10:08

    Am I excited for this game? Oh yes, I think so! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more and more of it as we get closer to launch.


    • Rock789

      February 4, 2014 at 10:48

      I think, when they find out who filed the fraudulent papers, that “somebody gonna get a hurt, real bad!”


  5. Andrew vd Walt

    February 4, 2014 at 13:42

    Too bad I’m boycotting Ubisoft cause AC4 doesn’t wanna run on my PC and their tech support are being useless.


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