On Feb. 1, someone claiming to be Yves Guillemot submitted a request to expressly abandon the Watch Dogs registration. But Ubisoft never submitted anything of the sort, as a company lawyer wrote to the USPTO in a letter two days later.
"The Request for Express Abandonment is fraudulent and was not filed by Ubisoft Entertainment or its representative," wrote Joel Leviton, Ubisoft's attorney.
By Wednesday, Ubisoft had submitted a signed letter from the real Guillemot attesting that the company still wanted the Watch Dogs trademark. The USPTO has now reinstated the trademark application, citing "extraordinary" circumstances.
“The USPTO has broad supervisory authority to allow corrective action in appropriate circumstances," a USPTO spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. "In this case, for example, the express abandonment was voided after the applicant came forward and indicated that the signature on the express abandonment was not genuine.”
It's still unclear who may have tried to wrest the trademark from the gaming company. A spokesman for Ubisoft did not immediately return a request for comment.