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The United States Patent & Trademark Office has denied Microsoft the renewal of the Killer Instinct trademark due to potential conflict with a defunct Fox TV show.
The show of the same name only aired one season back in 2005, but the office decided that the trademark descriptions could be construed as similar, and in the end the resulting products might cause confusion.
Microsoft can appeal the decision.
In September, the company moved to renew the trademark.
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Really! Didn't this game come put before 2005? And screw FOX. I think the people at the USPTO are dumb as hell. What person/gamer is going to confuse one of the coolest I didn't say best) arcade games with a show that nobody knows about? let alone watched.
I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. I really hope they can get it done.
What?!?!?! that show sucked anyway!!!
What you guys don't remember that show on FOX about the fighting skeleton? He had a dinosaur sidekick and they fought against their enemies a guy made of ice and one made of fire. I think there was also a robot and a two-headed centaur-ish dude. I can see where people might be confused.
That's ridiculous. The office must be out of their minds. KI belongs to gaming, not some show no one knows existed.
This is kinda strange. They are two different types of media and the Killer Instinct game property is older than the television show. They need to hurry up and fix this because I'm ready for this reboot/ remake or whatever it may be.
You snooze you lose Microsoft, should have kept the franchise alive when the millions of fans and voluntarily paying customers asked for a sequel or a re-release or a reboot.
I hope MS can get the trademark back.
Well that sucks. I hope Microsoft appeals. I had some fun times with that game and would like to see a new one made, or even an HD remake.
wtf!!!! HULK ANGRY, HULK SMASH THINGS.
I highly doubt anyone cares about fox crappy show. and I doubt the name will make them think about it