Ubisoft’s trademark for the highly anticipated title Watch Dogs has been reinstated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office after the agency found an abandonment request had been faked, according to a report today from VG 24/7.
Ubisoft had urged the Patent and Trademark Office to reestablish the valuable trademark for Watch Dogs, which the agency obliged due to the “extraordinary” circumstances surrounding the case.
“An uknown party who lacked authority executed the purported abandonment of the application,” the Patent and Trademark office said in its filling. “Although the request appears to have been sent by petitioner, petitioner declared that it did not submit the request and has every reason to believe that this filing was fraudulent.”
The Patent and Trademark office granted the reinstatement, but the abandonment will remain part of the trademark’s record despite it having no effect.
The faked abandonment happened earlier this week, according to a previous VG 24/7 report, after which Ubisoft filed the petition to reinstate the trademark after Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said he did not sign the abandonment request.
“Mr. Guillemot, however, did not sign the Request for Express Abandonment, nor did Ubisoft Entertainment file the Request for Express Abandonment,” Ubisoft said earlier this week. The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative.
One online retailer put the title down for an April 30 launch. You can read more of that Examiner report by clicking here.