Publisher of the very popular car racing game Need for Speed, EA, has now withdrawn its application back to copyright of the “Ghosts,” trademark, after it was gone into a trademark battle with Ghost Recon publisher Ubisoft.
According to a filed document submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office states the publisher EA has “expressly abandons” the application with Ubisoft’s consent.
It is believed that EA filed the application to secure the name for its Ghost Game Studio which was also called EA Gothenburg. The trademark application was filed back in early 2015.
On January 29th Ubisoft came to know about this application and then it claimed that EA has used its Ghost Recon trademark and filed a notice against EA trademark application.
“Applicant’s Mark so resembles Opposers’ GHOST RECON marks alleged herein as to be likely, when used in connection with the goods and services identified in the Applications, to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive,” the opposition notice wrote.
“Consumers are likely to believe, mistakenly, that the goods and services Applicant offers under Applicant’s Mark are provided, sponsored, endorsed, or approved by Opposers, or are in some way affiliated, connected, or associated with Opposers, all to the detriment of Opposers. Registration of Applicant’s Mark, therefore, should be refused under 15 U.S.C. §§ 1052(d) and 1063.”