Apparently someone has been playing games with the trademark for Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, and while they might think they are being cheeky it is becoming more and more apparent that the person(s) responsible may face serious consequences in the long run. The news came to light in a NeoGAF thread where an eagle-eyed forum user discovered through a U.S. Trademark and Patent Office search that Ubisoft had "abandoned" its trademark with the agency in charge of issuing trademarks.
Well it turns out that Ubisoft has been the victim of a prank of sorts, though no one over at the French publishing giant is laughing. The company says that someone filed a fake "express abandonment" with the USTPO, which is a trademark holder asking to release its ownership of the trademark. Apparently someone went so far as to forge chief executive officer of Ubisoft Entertainment, Yves Guillemot's signature.
In its filing with the agency seeking to remedy the fraud, Ubisoft said: "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."
Despite the nuisance of having to deal with this situation, Ubisoft says that it will not affect the development of Watch Dogs, which is set for launch later this year...