Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs trademark has been successfully reinstated following the mysterious and fraudulent filing for express abandonment earlier this week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced.
“Here, the circumstances are extraordinary,” reads the Petition to Director Granted document. “An unknown party who lacked authority executed the purported abandonment of the application. 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 this filing was fraudulent. The Director finds the application should not have been abandoned. Pursuant to supervisory authority provided by 37 C.F.R. §2.146(a)(3), the Director permits the reinstatement of the application.”
On February 1, a request for express abandonment of the Watch Dogs trademark was filed, supposedly signed by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. As the story unspooled over the course of Monday, February 3, when the request was first reported on, we came to learn that the document was in fact forged by an unknown party. Ubisoft Montreal, the developer behind Watch Dogs, took to Twitter to assure follows that their game was still in active development. Later still, Ubisoft provided an official statement to EGM confirming that the filing was a mix-up and something they were actively working with the USPTO to resolve.