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The War Z Trademark Issue

To go along with issues that caused sales of The War Z on Steam to be suspended comes word that the trademark application for the zombie game is in doubt. A thread on the War Z forums discusses this matter, and while executive producer Sergey Titov accurately points out that the trademark for the game is still listed as "live" by the USPTO, his offhand dismissal of this all as false is not accurate either, as a blog titled WarZscam (a frank admission they have an agenda) has step-by-step instructions on how to locate the suspension notice sent to The War Z dated November 15th. The conflict seems straightforward: The letter references prior registrations for World War Z, saying action on the application for The War Z "is suspended until the earlier-filed referenced application(s) is either registered or abandoned." The indication is that if the registration for World War Z is granted, the registration for The War Z will be refused. Thanks LightAssassin).

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3. Re: The War Z Trademark Issue Dec 24, 2012, 15:29 LiTh
dj LiTh wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 12:22:
So what do you think the odds are of Max Brooks the author of World War Z or the movie by teh same title coming out eventually sueing the pants off these people?

Called it.
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2. Re: The War Z Trademark Issue Dec 24, 2012, 15:23 DangerDog
Did the "World War Z" guys go after them?  
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1. Re: The War Z Trademark Issue Dec 24, 2012, 15:00 Dev
LOL, apparently he's denying it even though its right there on the gov site.

From that same link:

*The trademark was only filled in July 2012, further evidence pointing towards that this game has been in development for only 6 months.

Elsewhere on the site:

*Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube were only registered in july 2012.

Plus there's that war z dev post on another forum asking people if they should do a open world zombie game dated in May of this year.

Also apparently the game's own devs have issues with how this company is doing things (from that site again):

“The War Z“‘s developer “RomanS” (Art Director) has openly spoken out against “Hammerpoint Interactive” on a third party forum saying:
“We (my art team) strongly disagrees with how the business and leadership is being handled with our company

Also, looks like they claimed to have an anti-hack detection, but they apparently just have some god items hidden away in hard to get to places without cheats, and they ban if you pick them up. Only problem is, legitimate players can sometimes stumble into the items, they aren't in inaccessible places, just hard to get to. And then they get banned.

Also, there's that plagerism issue where either they or a marketing dept they hired appears to have stolen imagery from zombie movies and stuff for a promotional game image.

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