Posted on December 26, 2012, Phil Hornshaw War Z’s Trademark Might Be Disputed, But Creator Denies It
The troubles surrounding The War Z continue, with the latest being reports that say the trademark for the game’s title has been suspended, although the game’s executive producer denies the claim.
The dispute is supposedly between The War Z and Paramount, which owns the trademark on World War Z, the upcoming motion picture based on Max Brooks’ book of the same name. Depending on the actions of the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, The War Z might have to change its name.
But according to a report from Kotaku, War Z Executive Producer Sergey Titov claims there is no conflict, nor is The War Z’s trademark in dispute. As Kotaku notes, it seems the trademark has been suspended, according to the Patent Office’s website, but Titov says he’s checking with the developer’s lawyers to see what the actual deal is.
Meanwhile, The War Z was taken down from Steam a few days ago after Valve said it was mistakenly made available for sale. That followed a number of players complaining about the game’s sale page claiming it misrepresented the game’s features.