"unknown party who lacked authority" attempted to fraudulently have the Watch Dogs name released back into the wild.
The trademark abandonment led to Ubisoft quickly marshalling its lawyer militia, and announcing that they most certainly were not abandoning Watch Dogs.
The USPTO launched an investigation into the matter after Ubisoft contacted them saying they didn't file for any such trademark abandonment on February 3rd.
"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 that this filing was fraudulent,” reads the USPTO review.
"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."
Watch Dogs releases on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4 this year, with retailers pointing to April.
Ubisoft's Watch Dogs trademark reinstated after 'fraudulent filing'
06 February 2014 | By Simon Priest