Brothers in Arms endures trademark turbulence

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 – in fact, nearly a year since it was announced at the 2011 E3.

It was a bit of a rude shock, then, for the most recent update to come in the form of Ubisoft abandoning the trademark applications it had filed for the game.

Gamers immediately thought the worst: The game had been scrapped, or – at least – renamed and potentially completely overhauled.

The truth, says Gearbox Software, is much more academic. According to a spokesperson, Ubisoft and Gearbox signed up as co-applicants for the trademarks, something they had done previously. However:

The USPTO rejected this approach (about 9 months ago), noting Gearbox’s exclusive registrations for all Brothers in Arms trademarks. Given the USPTO choice between abandonment or continued administrative confusion on the matter, we simply opted for administrative abandonment until re-filing becomes necessary.

To avoid confusion with the USPTO, Gearbox will be filing its future Brothers in Arms-related trademarks directly and individually.

Furious 4 itself – apparently not axed – is a follow-up to the 2008 release of Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. It’s set during World War II, following four soldiers who are chasing Hitler. If you think it bears more than a passing resemblance to Inglourious Basterds by Tarantino, you’re certainly not alone.

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