Cyberpunk TRADEMARKED! Has CD Projekt RED Gone Too Far?

Game News: Cyberpunk TRADEMARKED! Has CD Projekt RED Gone Too Far?

No, it's not King going nuts with the trademarks... not this time. It's actually beloved Witcher developer CD Projekt RED. The company is attempting to copyright the word Cyberpunk so no one can use that word in a video game name. Thing is... they didn't invent that word and it refers to a whole genre, so...

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  • Squishofdoom

    1 month ago

    1. This trademark was filed SIX YEARS ago by "R. Talsorian Games, Inc. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 13847 70th Ave. NE Kirkland WASHINGTON 98034", who happen to be the producers of the ORIGINAL cyberpunk franchise, and bought by Projekt Red sometime later, according to the US government patent website. 2. they trademarked it as a GAME TITLE, which means no one can name a game(or a phone case, apparently) "Cyberpunk: the re-cyberpunking". If Projekt Red has a game called Cyberpunk:2077, that's a totally fair protection of their trademark, even if they happened to use a (not even) particularly common word in their title. 3. That title is COMPLETELY clickbait.

  • demonhaze FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    So Cyberpunk isn't trademarked like the title suggests. Poor form RT.

  • RiverRunning

    1 month ago

    It is tiresome that people seem to keep being allowed to trademark and copyright common English words... there used to be a blanket ban of doing that (which is why a lot of products started using soundalike names that were copyrightable and trademarkable) and that totally makes sense since by limiting the use of those words you limit the potential to simply describe what your product is - this is crazy; trademarking a word like cyberpunk would make a name like "Veritas: a Cyberpunk Story" a potential trade violation and something poor indie devs would have to avoid for fear of being pulled into a trademark dispute... whether the dispute is spurious or not is irrelevant, the describing of a product using the English language should never put one at risk of being pulled into a dispute whether legitimate or not, most people can't afford the lawyer fees for dealing with that and so the chilling effect becomes real and what you are chilling here is something about as public domain as could possibly be - a _language_.


    P.S. I understand that if it is a significant problem that people will adopt a new word to mean much the same as the old one but that's how English became so stupidly replete with an overabundance of words in the first place... we have enough of that problem as it is without companies artificially contributing to it to satiate a small amount of short term greed.

  • TheSnowFox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Lone Wanderer

    1 month ago

    while I'm grumpy about this I understand why they have to try unlike king.

  • woard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Are we sure that the trademark is just for that word or is it supposed to be the whole title, cyberpunk 2077?  That makes the difference I think, King getting a TM for there titles and not the individual words would be fine but going after the words is not right.  I do get that the devs wouldn't want another game coming out called cyberpunk 2078 though.  This is a tricky one.

  • AbstractSpaces FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Does EA have a trademark on Battlefield? That's a pretty common word but I've never heard complaints about that.

  • AxelDrake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I honestly don't see a problem. It's just for the title. I seriously doubt they'll risk burning up the good will they've built with fans by misusing a trademark.

  • Gordodboss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    CD Projekt Red do you're thing. They are protecting their new masterpiece (hopefully), leave them be lol.

  • Kiv FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    CD Projekt RED can do anything they want, leave them alone to work their creative genius!

  • MartyGras2

    1 month ago

    Good to see Anthony.  

    I think trademarking Cyberpunk is too much.  Since like they said has it describing its own genre in gaming.

    I think I understand the difference between patent, trademark and copyright from Ashley explaining it in these videos.  Thank you Ashley :)

  • GreyGhost9036 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Angry Beaver

    1 month ago

    I like this new guy. Not only do we share the same first name but he definitely seems to know his stuff. He did cut off ashley a bit which got a bit annoying but i just chalk it up to enthusiasm. So yes please more of him. 

  • thirdhistory FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    WHO IS THIS MAN PLEASE KEEP HIM HERE


    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      He's not a new guy. Just a guest. 

  • NaRu7o FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hokage

    1 month ago

    "Final Fantasy" is copyrighted. I don't get why this is a big deal. As long as it's part of the name of a game, it makes sense to trademark it. And since the series is called "Cyberpunk" they are within their rights to file for ownership of it. Wasn't expecting Anthony Carboni in this episode. Haven't seen him since the Rev3 days (sorry man, just more interested in gaming news)

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      But Square doesn't own the word Final or Fantasy. Other people can use each word, just not together. 

  • matrixcrawlr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Bethke < He might have some words for them. Said that before Ashley mentioned it in the video... If anyone is watching this and is interested, try out his novel Headcrash.