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War Z Creator Says His Game's Trademark Wasn't Suspended

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Over the past few days, I've received tons of tips and e-mails about the trademark for controversial zombie game The War Z, which seems to have been suspended in November after a claim from Paramount, the studio behind World War Z.

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Depending what the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does next, the people behind The War Z could be forced to change the game's name.

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So I reached out to War Z creator Sergey Titov, who told me that he doesn't think it's suspended.

"This is our actual trademark," he said, sending me a link to their trademark filing. "I assume what you see is one of the preliminary applications since it said that it suspended because other application exist."

However, when I checked out the trademark status on the link he sent me, it took me to a listing that says the trademark has been suspended: "An Office action suspending further action on the application has been sent (issued) to the applicant."

Titov hasn't been able to clear up the discrepancy just yet.

"I've sent email to our lawyer who filed application and working with uspto to provide more details on all this," Titov said, "so as soon as I'll hear back I'll forward you more details."

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I'll keep you updated as Titov shares more information.

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Ill admit, Im one of the people who got a refund, but I still hate to see any company struggling like this. It seems like one blow after another, at this rate, even if they fixed everything and brought the game to a state that players were happy with, I'm not sure they could ever shake the bad rep.

I've already decided I'll give it another chance when they have more of their featured implemented, if nothing else, out of shear respect for their ability to keep pushing forward.