The War Z was actually suspended in November by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, but they continued to keep quiet and didn’t tell anyone about it. Why? Because they have to change the name because of the suspension.
The World War Z is a movie by Paramount Pictures and it features zombies as well so it will get the obvious treatment of taking hold of the trademark. Here are their reasons for rejecting the trademark.
“The trademark examining attorney has searched the USPTO’s database of registered and pending marks and has found no similar registered marks that would bar registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d). TMEP §704.02;see 15 U.S.C. §1052(d). However, a mark(s) in a prior-filed pending application(s) may present a bar to registration of applicant’s mark,” the according to the document.
“Therefore, action on this application is suspended until the earlier-filed referenced application(s) is either registered or abandoned. 37 C.F.R. §2.83(c).”
It seems after the removal from Steam and other things that transpired with them, this is a lesson for other developers not to copy stuff and if you do copy, which is fine, at least make sure to put some significant effort into it and churn out a quality product.
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