Watch Dogs trademark ditch was fraudulent request, Ubisoft says

Ubisoft is currently working to fix a false request to abandon its trademark for upcoming sandbox hack-a-thon Watch Dogs. Yesterday it came to light that Ubisoft had apparently abandoned the Watch Dogs trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, leading to speculation of the internet kind.

IGN reports that that the trademark office informed Ubisoft that it had received the request to abandon the trademark from the company's CEO Yves Guillemot. It turns out that Mr. Guillemot never made such a request. Nor did any of his underlings. Or his underlings' underlings. The intern in the mail room has not been ruled out.

Ubisoft tells Joystiq, "We are working directly with the USPTO on reinstating the trademark for Watch Dogs and it will be active again in the coming days. The matter has no impact on the Watch Dogs' development."

Update: Headline revised for clarity.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.