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Patent office refuses Microsoft's request to renew Killer Instinct trademark


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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012, 8:21:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012, 8:21:53 AM PST
In a nutshell, the USPTO says that Fox Television Studios owns a trademark for Killer Instinct. Microsoft can choose to appeal and explain why they should get a trademark for the video game industry or if there is a new game in the series call it something like, "The Killer's Instinct."

http://tsdr.uspto.gov/documentviewer?caseId=sn85727092&docId=OOA20121129134915

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 8:22:52 AM PST
"The Killer's Instinct Gold"

Sounds like shit.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 8:23:06 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Rare can't catch a break.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 8:25:59 AM PST
McAwesomeo says:
Apparently that didn't stop them from allowing Fox to have a trademark on the name when the game series was still active.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:00:45 AM PST
Lyrick_ says:
Abandon an IP for 16 years and someone else may steal the name for a crappy Crime Drama series.

Silly Microsoft, better put what's left of Rare back on another Kinect Sports game.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:04:10 AM PST
WesCyde . says:
Just add an S, Killer's Instinct

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:06:22 AM PST
waxc3 says:
Killer Instinkt

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:07:04 AM PST
JWK says:
Or "Killer Instincts." Plural. Because, what if they have more than one instinct... as a killer. Then you get Killer Instincts, don't ya?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:08:33 AM PST
WesCyde . says:
Yah either way that should be enough IMO to keep it close. I would love that game to come back but not for xbox only

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:14:14 AM PST
McAwesomeo says:
Fox's own trademark should expire in 2-3 years provided they don't renew.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:18:07 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
How very Mortal Kombat. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:25:11 AM PST
waxc3 says:
:)

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:28:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2012, 9:43:40 AM PST
First losing exclusives, now losing patents/TMs

What's next?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:33:53 AM PST
Pants?

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:54:27 AM PST
GyozaSauce says:
Killer Inskinect.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012, 9:57:31 AM PST
Kinect Instinct then? jk

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:57:59 AM PST
jtshiel says:
I just dropped mine that's for sure.
Things are heating up.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012, 9:59:56 AM PST
Did someone say "Kinect"?

Pants on the ground
Pants on the ground
Lookin' like a fool
With your pants on the ground
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