A document filed with the USPTO stated,
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.
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.
As of this filing, the Office has not yet issued a Notice of Abandonment.
Ubisoft was swift to respond as well, issuing a statement earlier in the day, following the breaking news as it was reported to be factual.
“We are working directly with the USPTO on reinstating the trademark for Watch Dogs and it will be active again in the coming days," Ubisoft stated. "The matter has no impact on the Watch Dogs' development."
The update comes as multiple gaming outlets had reported on the abandonment, including Examiner, as there was no indication that that filing was false. The perpetrator even went to the length of forging Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot's signature on the federal document.
While forging a high power CEO's signature on a legal, federal document is most certainly going to land someone in hot water, it remains to be seen if charges will be brought against the forger.
This news gives fans of the highly anticipated new IP a sigh of relief as we head into the new year, and with more reasons to be excited about Watch Dogs, check out the video at the top of the article.
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