Pwnage (TM); Are They Serious?

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It seems like the thing to do these days is apply for trademarks on commonly used words and phrases for financial gain. The latest scheme is Finnish software company Futuremark Game Studio who recently filed papers to protect the trademark “pwnage”. It’s becoming absurd that so many companies try to claim credit for things they didn’t even create themselves. Something tells me they will get away with it though. Something also tells me that anytime you use the word “pwnage” from now on, you might as well send a check for a dollar to Futuremark.

Via Kotaku

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15 Comments on Pwnage (TM); Are They Serious?

acrid

On March 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

pwnage pwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnagepwnage

futuremark – kiss my ass

Jon

On March 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm

pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage pwnage

fururemark can kiss my ass, them and their… um… what’s somehting important that has come from Finland

OH YEAH NOTHING!!!!!

futuremark you just got pwned ™

th3flyboy

On March 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I think one thing important came from Finland, Linux.

Jon

On March 2, 2008 at 8:44 pm

@ th3flyboy

Jon

On March 2, 2008 at 8:45 pm

goddamit linux IS prty ing important if you’re right then i take back evrything i said FInland, I love you.

now for the make-up sex XD

Marine_Bryan

On March 2, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Go invent your own things you finnish scum. Is pwnage even in finnish games, do the scum even have games? electricity? now go burn

DEATH TO FINLAND!!!

btw I don’t even say pwnage, but its like me going and trademarking the word “word”. Send the check to the Salvation Army.

William

On March 3, 2008 at 12:01 am

I’m sure someone will try to trademark the word “word” one day.

Harsha

On March 3, 2008 at 12:50 am

Oh yeah! Now I want to trademark the word “sex”…..Did they actually let them?!?!

•__•

On March 3, 2008 at 7:25 am

It means that you “can’t” use it in commercial way. Maybe they are making a game named like that? Sounds lame though…

Marine_Bryan wrote:
“Is pwnage even in finnish games,”

•__•

On March 3, 2008 at 7:26 am

It means that you “can’t” use it in commercial way. Maybe they are making a game named like that? Sounds lame though…

Marine_Bryan wrote:
“Is pwnage even in finnish games,” What does this mean?
“do the scum even have games? electricity?”

•__•

On March 3, 2008 at 7:27 am

OK… what’s with my comments not showing completely…

Marine_Bryan wrote:
“Is pwnage even in finnish games,” What does this mean?
“do the scum even have games? electricity?” Better than in the US.

Oh and Futuremark is the developer of 3DMark series.

I didn’t find anything about “pwnage” from Futuremark’s website. I also find this trademarking really weird as I don’t think you can do that, at least not in Finland, maybe in the US.

Norbit

On March 3, 2008 at 7:49 am

@ Jon

Have you ever heard of Nokia?

In all seriousness why shouldn’t they trademark pwnage if no one else has? They arent trademarking it to get royalties for its usage AFAIK they are trademarking it to use as the name of their new video games range.

Norbit

On March 3, 2008 at 7:52 am

Just to clarify, all it would mean is that no one else would be able to release games under the name of pwnage. There is absolutely no difference to this and a company like Nike, Shell or Converse. They didnt invent those words but they trademarked them to use as their names in their respective industry’s.

ManOfTeal

On March 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

I Pwn noobs…… :cool:

b455m4573r

On March 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

what about sites like “Pure Pwnage” that will have to change there name because his stupid trademark!!!!!!!!1 :evil: