ZeniMax is attempting to trademark the term "Dragonborn"

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#1 Posted by bigdaddy81 (385 posts) -

http://fusible.com/2012/05/zenimax-files-trademark-for-dragonborn/

In a move to seeming compete with likes of EA and Activision for the title of most hated video game company, ZeniMax is now trying to trademark the term "Dragonborn".

As many of you are surely aware, this term has been used by other forms of fantasy media and entertainment. Most notably, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels where Dragonborn describes the Targaryan family line, and of course Dungeons and Dragons where Dragonborn are an actual race descended from dragons.

As an avid D&D player, I'm particularly disgusted with this news and hope the filing gets challenged or rejected outright.

Anyone else want to share in my moral outrage?

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#2 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

I wish I could but I just don't care.

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#3 Edited by Cirdain (3797 posts) -

Zenimax's legal team are a bit... bitch-y.

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#4 Posted by Winternet (8448 posts) -

You're dragonborn.

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#5 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

Who gives a fuck.

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#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@BigDaddy81 said:

As many of you are surely aware, this term has been used by other forms of fantasy media and entertainment. Most notably, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels where Dragonborn describes the Targaryan family line, and of course

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@BigDaddy81 said:

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons! I was totally going to say Dungeons and Dragons.

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#7 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

How shameful.

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#8 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

Burning my copy of Skyrim right now.

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#9 Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

@Cirdain said:

Zenimax's legal team are a bit... bitch-y.

Yeah having your legal team show up in a news story every 3 weeks or so is pretty bad.

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#10 Posted by BicycleHam (1391 posts) -

@laserbolts said:

I wish I could but I just don't care.

@GreggD said:

Who gives a fuck.

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#11 Posted by bigdaddy81 (385 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@BigDaddy81 said:

As many of you are surely aware, this term has been used by other forms of fantasy media and entertainment. Most notably, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels where Dragonborn describes the Targaryan family line, and of course

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@BigDaddy81 said:

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons! I was totally going to say Dungeons and Dragons.

What really irks me is that Dragonborn is my favorite race in Dungeons and Dragons.

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#12 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

So some people clearly need to look up the term.

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#13 Posted by DarkShaper (1382 posts) -

I haven't read any of A song of ice and fire yet and I don't play D&D so at first this seemed fine, but now this seems fucking crazy

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#14 Edited by Justin258 (15689 posts) -

So what about the couple that named their kid "Dragonborn"? Or is my brain feeding me delusionary bullshit again? I could have sworn some couple named their kid Dragonborn or something like that.

EDIT: Look two posts below before quoting me, people.

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#15 Posted by bibamatt (1132 posts) -

I should think they'd have a struggle seeing as, like you said, the term has been used in other very similar IPs for years before Skyrim was a thing. Of course, I'm no lawyer!

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#16 Edited by BigChickenDinner (787 posts) -

@believer258: They named the kid Dovahkiin, totally forgot about that by the way.

I wonder if they ever changed the kids name?

EDIT:

Oh and Fuck these people, Almost as bad a Monsanto.

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#17 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19300 posts) -
@believer258 said:

So what about the couple that named their kid "Dragonborn"? Or is my brain feeding me delusionary bullshit again? I could have sworn some couple named their kid Dragonborn or something like that.

Dovahkiin
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#18 Posted by Justin258 (15689 posts) -

@BigChickenDinner said:

@believer258: They named the kid Dovahkiin, totally forgot about that by the way.

I wonder if they ever changed the kids name?

Oh. I knew something sounded off about the way I was remembering it.

Anyway, I hope they did change his name. That does not sound like a fun name to go through school with, and I know a thing or two about bad names to go through school with.

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#19 Posted by Revan_NL (395 posts) -

As dumb as Charlie Sheen trying to trademark 'winning' or Paris Hilton trying to trademark the phrase 'that's hot'. But I guess someone from Bethesda is as crazy as those people...

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#20 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@BigDaddy81 said:

As many of you are surely aware, this term has been used by other forms of fantasy media and entertainment. Most notably, the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of novels where Dragonborn describes the Targaryan family line, and of course

Elder Scr-

@BigDaddy81 said:

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons! I was totally going to say Dungeons and Dragons.

See, this is how you make a dumb thread good. Oft times funny, never reverant. VGK.

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#21 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@Revan_NL said:

As dumb as Charlie Sheen trying to trademark 'winning' or Paris Hilton trying to trademark the phrase 'that's hot'. But I guess someone from ZENIMAX ZENIMAX ZENIMAX. NOT BETHESDA, PLEASE STOP SAYING THAT PEOPLE, IT'S NOT EVEN WHAT THE OP SAID is as crazy as those people...

Not being a dick, I just want to be 100% clear, Zenimax is not Bethesda, and Bethesda is not Zenimax. This was not the developer, and putting their name in there isn't fair at all without a source saying that they wanted it in the first place.

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#22 Posted by TentPole (1856 posts) -

@MordeaniisChaos: Of course the developers are not the lawyers but Bethseda is Zenimax. Your argument is the same as saying Epic Games and the Epic Games legal team are not the same company. It is also like saying that back in the day Blizzard North was not part of Blizzard. They are part of Zenimax like my hand is part of me.

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#23 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

@MordeaniisChaos: What if it was...Rogue Legal Teams? Sounds pretty sinister now, doesn't it? Actually, that could be a great spy plot. Or not.

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#24 Posted by BPRJCTX (790 posts) -

So, am i the only one who thinks this trademark could be for an Eder Scrolls Spin Off?

That's a good name for an action adventure tittle, made by another studio...

The Elder Scrolls series is already spinning off into an MMO, so why not a God of War type of game?

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#25 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@TentPole said:

@MordeaniisChaos: Of course the developers are not the lawyers but Bethseda is Zenimax. Your argument is the same as saying Epic Games and the Epic Games legal team are not the same company. It is also like saying that back in the day Blizzard North was not part of Blizzard. They are part of Zenimax like my hand is part of me.

What? The lawyers at Epic aren't the publisher that owns and publishes Epic's games. Zenimax isn't just the lawyer side of Bethesda. They also own id, and they just opened up their own little online studio to make the ES MMO. Let me give you an example. If someone at ZeniMax said "fire that dude at Bethesda" that would not be a Bethesda decision, that would be a Zenimax decision. It would also be like saying that any problems with any of Zenimax's other games, like Rage for example, was the fault of Bethesda.

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#26 Posted by Getz (3764 posts) -

it's just a formality, they'll never get it through. They're doing it as a just in case; when it comes time to show evidence that they were the originators of the concept then they'll be laughed out of court. I think you're overreacting.

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#27 Posted by mlarrabee (3917 posts) -

Nintendo's trademarking of "It's on like Donkey Kong" is worse.

But, yeah, companies claiming pop culture for their own is trashy.