When Ubisoft's "Gods and Monsters" video game had its name suddenly changed to the far less poetic "Immortals Fenyx Rising", many questioned the alteration. But by far the most frequent of these questions related to the intellectual property status of the name. Could it have been rejected? Could someone have opposed it?
Enter Monster Energy.
Like a Fenyx from the ashes, trademarks will rise...in Virtual Legality.
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Discussed in this episode:
"Stadia leaks playable build of Ubisoft's Gods & Monsters"
Eurogamer - June 12, 2020 - Tom Phillips
"Gods and Monsters Trademark Fight With Monster Energy Caused Name Change"
"Gods and Monsters"
USPTO Filing ('501')
"Protecting Your Trademark"
USPTO Informational Document
Monster Energy Notice of Opposition
Ubisoft Answer to Notice of Opposition
"International Trademark Classes"
"False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden"
15 USC 1125
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