Blizzard Files Opposition to Valve Copyright of DOTA 2
Blizzard doesn’t think Valve should be able to put a copyright on the name DOTA 2 — and it said so in an official filing to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week.
You can read the full filing here, but basically, the gist of Blizzard’s argument is that DOTA (or Defense of the Ancients) has been associated with Blizzard properties for the last seven years. DOTA is a mod for Warcraft III that spawned a whole new genre of eSports and MMOs, but it started with Blizzard’s game; Blizzard is even developing its own DOTA spin-off called Blizzard DOTA.
Because the DOTA name has been tied to Blizzard properties since the mod was made, the company argues, Valve shouldn’t be able to copyright the name “DOTA 2″ — it’ll make players think Blizzard is in some way involved, when it isn’t. It’s worth noting, however, that Blizzard doesn’t own the name “Defense of the Ancients” or “DOTA,” but it doesn’t necessarily need to given the way copyright law works. The association might be enough.
Blizzard claims letting Valve have the DOTA 2 trademark would damage its brand, but it’ll be up to the Patent Office’s Trial and Appeal Board to rule if that’s really the case. For the moment, Valve gets DOTA 2 — we’ll see if that changes.