Can a multinational video game developer file a lawsuit against us for a video game title? 1 Answers as of June 26, 2014I am working with some friends on a video game titled black flag online. The game is set during the piracy era, allowing players to simply play as pirates. My question is: Will there be an issue if a multinational video game developer have a game called assassin’s creed: black flag. Their game is also set during the piracy era, but follows the story of one man and his association with a group called the assassins. Are we okay to use the name black flag online? Could the multinational video game developer file a lawsuit against us?
Lawyer for Independent Media | Sue Basko
Ubisoft Entertainment Corporation of Rennes, France and Montreal, Quebec, Canada has a U.S. Trademark in an International Class on the words "Black Flag" for Game software and electronic game programs, namely, software games recorded on CD-ROM and digital video discs for computers; software games recorded on CD-ROMs, digital video discs, and cartridges for console and individual, portable gaming systems; software games that are downloadable from a remote computer site and electronic game software for mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and handheld computers. This means you are out of luck on using the name "Black Flag." To protect their trademark, they are required to stop you from using it. You need to come up with a unique, original name that is yours only.
Answer Applies to: California