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ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn

ZeniMax has filed a trademark for "Dragonborn", reports Fusible, noting that the parent of Skyrim developer Bethesda Softworks also recently trademarked the term "Fus Ro Dah" after the game's dragonborn shout. It's not clear if they intend to use these terms in game titles, if they are protecting their IP from exploitation by third-parties, or both. Thanks VG247.

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16. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 22, 2012, 08:32 ShakaUVM
 
What happened to Dragonborn in D&D?

Sigh...
 
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15. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 21, 2012, 06:07 Spektr
 
good one  
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14. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 21, 2012, 05:25 J
 
In other news, Notch's new game "Dragonborn" postponed  
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13. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 21, 2012, 04:29 InBlack
 
Overon wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:37:
Dragonborn appears in Dungeons and Dragons. How can they trademark that?

It's like tramemarking "elf"

This. Why dont they claim ownership of the entire english language while they are at it. Fuckers...
 
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12. fus ro dah benjamins May 20, 2012, 18:05 space captain
 
Dragonborn THE FLAMETHROWER!!  
Go forth, and kill!
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11. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:41 wtf_man
 
Sepharo wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:29:
Sort of surprised they didn't also trademark "arrow to the knee" at this point.
But, Grasshopper, Ti Kwan Leap, err Arrow to da knee Boot to da head cannot be trademarked, now Wax Off!

 
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10. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:40 Cutter
 
I wish they'd get the effing expansion out already. I'm sort of jonsing for a new playthrough but I'd like to do it with the expansion.
 
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9. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:39 Rigs
 
Does this mean Dan Bull will have to pay royalties for his Skyrim Epic Rap?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50u0zUeCmU


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'I know what you think you are, what you want us to believe! But I don't buy it! For three years now you've been pulling everyone's strings, getting us to do all the work, and you haven't done a damn thing except stand there and look cryptic.'
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8. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:31 Towyn
 
Spektr wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:30:
Dragonborn is a valid name for an expansion or for a spin-off

Summer of 2012 - Dragonborn Kinect, a free Kinect upgrade that lets you play all of Skyrim with voice and motion controls only, look like the nerd you always wanted to be!
 
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7. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:28 Doombringer
 
Overon wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:37:
Dragonborn appears in Dungeons and Dragons. How can they trademark that?

It's like tramemarking "elf"

I imagine they can trademark certain uses/appearances/flavors of 'dragonborn' (i.e. anything involving their IP) but not all of "dragonborn." As you say, Wizards of the Coast used it before Bethesda, and someone else probably had it in a book somewhere a few decades ago, as well.
 
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6. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 17:09 Beelzebud
 
Overon wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:37:
Dragonborn appears in Dungeons and Dragons. How can they trademark that?

It's like tramemarking "elf"

Because their legal department is a bunch of assholes, who think they actually own the word "scrolls".
 
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5. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 16:37 Overon
 
Dragonborn appears in Dungeons and Dragons. How can they trademark that?

It's like tramemarking "elf"
 
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4. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 16:37 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Sepharo wrote on May 20, 2012, 16:29:
Sort of surprised they didn't also trademark "arrow to the knee" at this point.
Think it's a bit too late for that one. It's already in popular culture, I was at a coffee shop on thursday morning before heading off to work. And one of the old timers says: "I used to be young, then I took an arrow to the knee." It's everywhere.
 
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3. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 16:30 Spektr
 
Dragonborn is a valid name for an expansion or for a spin-off  
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2. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 16:29 Sepharo
 
Sort of surprised they didn't also trademark "arrow to the knee" at this point.  
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1. Re: ZeniMax Trademarks Dragonborn May 20, 2012, 16:10 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Yeah I'm guessing to prevent exploitation. Not that it will really stop anyone who doesn't follow trademark laws anyway.  
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