We recently published a post about a lawsuit filed against video game producer, Activision, regarding the use of unlicensed images in its popular 'Call of Duty' military game series. Now that same game maker is involved in a possible trademark opposition against an individual's trademark filing for a business named "Call of Doodee."
TechDirt uncovered this one as it does with so many unusual trademark stories, so let's take a look at the details.
On June 16, 2017, an individual named Andrea Marasco filed a trademark application for "Call of Doodee" in international class 37 for "dog waste removal services." The application was published for opposition October 31, 2017. Then, on November 20, 2017, 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision Publishing, Inc., submitted a request to the USPTO for a 30-day extension to file a notice of opposition against Call of Doodee. The request, made by Activision's legal department, said the company "respectfully requests that it be granted a 30-day extension of time to file a notice of opposition against the above-identified mark." The TTAB granted Activision's request the same day, extending the deadline to December 30, 2017
You can't help but be reminded of the recent Wu-Tang Clan v. Woof-Tang Clan story. Is this a coincidence or are owners of dog-related businesses particularly creative or fans of existing brands when it comes to choosing names?