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10. Re: DOTA Trademark Settled May 11, 2012, 18:05 Flatline
jacobvandy wrote on May 11, 2012, 18:02:
eunichron wrote on May 11, 2012, 17:29:
Actually, Blizzard only brought a suit to prevent Valve from trademarking the name so that DOTA would remain a part of the community. There was nothing in the paperwork that suggested Blizzard wanted the trademark for themselves. I know it doesn't fit into your neat little categories of Blizzard being the big evil corporate machine vs Valve the savior of PC gaming, but I'm sure the settlement required that Valve not challenge any future iterations of the original DOTA mod.

You still need legal standing in order to oppose a trademark... I read the paperwork, too, and they were trying really hard to prove how the term was rooted in their own games' culture and that it virtually belonged to them because of their terms of service. Doesn't matter if they haven't officially filed for the trademark, they were still claiming they had rights to the term and Valve didn't. Obviously their arguments failed.

So wait... Blizzard's argument is that if you make a fan mod for a blizzard game that turns super popular, Blizzard owns it?
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