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Blizzard "seeks to prevent registration" of DOTA trademark by Valve
Posted: 10.02.2012 11:43 by Simon Priest Comments: 9
Warcraft creator Blizzard is challenging Valve's bid to register DOTA as their own trademark, arguing it's been "used exclusively by Blizzard and its fan community" for over 7 years.

It's "firmly associated" with Blizzard in the minds of consumers, to "signify a highly popular scenario" for Warcraft III. Valve trying to usurp "seven years of goodwill".

“Valve has no right to the registration it seeks,” declared Blizzard's legal team. The studio has petitioned the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Trial and Appeal Board.

“Blizzard seeks to prevent registration by its competitor Valve Corporation of a trademark, DOTA, that for more than seven years has been used exclusively by Blizzard and its fan community, under license from Blizzard,” reads the statement by Blizzard in their opposition case.

“By virtue of that use, the DOTA mark has become firmly associated in the mind of consumers with Blizzard, including to signify a highly popular scenario or variant of one of Blizzard’s best-selling computer games, Warcraft III. Over the past seven years, the mark DOTA has been used exclusively in connection with Blizzard and its products, namely Warcraft III.”

Valve has never "used the mark DOTA in connection with any product or service that currently is available to the public” and that by "attempting to register the mark DOTA, Valve seeks to appropriate the more than seven years of goodwill that Blizzard has developed”, trying to claim "a name that has come to signify the product of years of time and energy expended by Blizzard and by fans of Warcraft III".

“If such registration is issued, it not only will damage Blizzard, but also the legions of Blizzard fans that have worked for years with Blizzard and its products, including by causing consumers to falsely believe that Valve’s products are affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Blizzard and are related or connected to Warcraft III,” they continued.

Defence of the Ancients was a scenario mod created for Warcraft III which has become known as DOTA. It's even developed its own form of eSports leagues and essentially birthed a whole new subgenre of video game. League of Legends was inspired by DOTA. Valve is developing DOTA 2.

Source: VG247

Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 10, 2012
nocutius
As far as i'm concerned this belongs neither to Blizzard nor Valve, it belongs to the guy(s) that created Dota. And if i'm not mistaken the main guy went to Valve cause Blizzard apparently were dragging their feet for too long.

So i don't think Blizzard are in the right here, they had a lot of time to show their support for Dota2 and they choose not to.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Feb 10, 2012
unsilviu
This depends on the EULA of the game. If there was a clause stating that mod creators don't get copyright, and that it belongs to the devs of the base game, then Blizzard have the legal high ground. I fear that, if this turns into a big suit, this will affect modding in future games, with greater restrictions and regulations.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Feb 10, 2012
nocutius
They only used the game's engine, pretty much everything else is their own creation.
An Eula should not cost them the ownership of their cration, if the world was just that is, I can't say what will happen in our world though.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 11, 2012
herodotus
Disgusting. I haven't seen this with other large scale, turned retail Mods. Even "Portal Prelude" does not belong to Valve, and the large Total Conversions for the "Silent Hunter" series, now worth real cash when purchasing are not owned by Ubisoft.
Cash-grab by Blizzard; Opportunistic behaviour from Steam. Good luck going up against Vivendi, Gabe. As for the "DoTA" team - quit. Go make a new game and let these drongos work it out in court.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Feb 11, 2012
unsilviu
And besides, while Blizzard and Valve are duking it out, League of Legends will get two million players more. They're already the most popular by far.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Feb 11, 2012
herodotus
It's a darn good game, and any self respecting player of the genre would have delved into "LoL" by now. At first it was a bit of a grind, but by now it has grown into something fine.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Feb 14, 2012
FoolWolf
Haven't tried anything except a single player game of original DOTA map.
To have the name swallowed up by Valve - I thought that had to be because the originator also was swallowed up by Valve - and then they have the name.
Activision just dragged their asses as usually while Valve has a more keen ear to the popularity of games and mods.
By nesposoban (I just got here) on Jan 09, 2013
nesposoban
how to make a install DOTA 2 ??