Speaking of court cases, A
Notice of Opposition filed by Blizzard Entertainment
contests an effort by
Fox to register a trademark for Diablo
, a name for which Blizzard owns
three trademarks (thanks
). The new trademark, apparently for pet-related products, would be
based on a dog named Diablo from an animated sitcom called HouseBroken
The show is set to premiere at the end of this month. As Blizzard's complaint
notes, this certainly gives them a claim to prior use:
Entertainment, Inc. (“Blizzard” or “Opposer”), a corporation organized and
existing under the laws of Delaware with a principal place of business at 1
Blizzard Way, Irvine, CA 96218, will be damaged by registration of the mark
DIABLO shown in Application Serial Nos. 90/007447 and 90/007509 (“the
Applications”), and hereby opposes the registration of each.
The grounds for opposition are as follows:
1. Opposer, through its predecessors, affiliates, licensees, business units and
itself, has used the mark DIABLO to identify and distinguish in commerce
interactive video games and computer game software and related peripheral and
consumer goods and services throughout the United States and internationally.
Opposer has used the mark DIABLO in interstate commerce on or in connection with
the aforementioned goods/services since at least as early as November 12, 1996.