Go try and find patents that Apple has. You cant'? Oh, that's right - because they are a smart company and "hide" their patents under bs titles and names
Grats to Blizzard for finally stepping up their game and coming to their senses
Speculation can give big press and hype for an expansion, so dismissing it as stupid every time could be seen as wrong.
Everyone has been calling for a Legion expansion and many players have said that they would come back if the Legion was involved in the next expac. If word got out early about this, then I'm sure a lot of former players would want to come back. Not only that, demons and a distant planet being the main attraction is much better than the main face of the game being "OMG PANDAS, WTF!". It would definitely yield a better chance of subs increasing again.
Who we really want to be looking at are their legal reps. You won't get anything out of them directly of course, but they may have left a paper trail to follow. It's unlikely, but still, might be worth a shot.
i tried this, most of blizzards trademarks are filed by "rod.A.Rigole"
wondering if it was worth searching for him, i tried but didn't find much results apart from past blizzard trademarks
though if they go to the effort of tradermarking is swaiziland, maybe they would use a different name/person.
Well currently everyone thinks its a Burning Legion expansion, I'm starting to think it that exactly. I'm starting to think its N'zoth / Emerald Dream & Queen Azshara in one than Burning Legion strikes when nothing can stand in there way !!.
Wait, that doesn't make sense. It still get ANY filing in the US priority. If anyone else in the US wanted they would still get a priority in the TM over the foreign application.
In practice protecting NOTHING. Seems to me that was just a coincidence or someone with privileged information and Blizzard delayed the TM to settle down with the other part trying to file the mark.
Nope, Blizzard's Swaziland filing still serves to beat any other US application filed later than Feb. 28. Here's how:
- Feb. 28: Blizzard applies for the "Hearthstone" mark in Swaziland. Under the PCT, Blizzard has six months to file a corresponding US trademark application for "Hearthstone" in order to receive the benefit of the Swaziland filing date.
- July 7: Within the six-month window, Blizzard files the "Hearthstone" trademark application in the US and claims priority under Section 44(d) to the Swaziland application. Based on the priority claim, the US application is deemed to have an effective filing date of Feb. 28.
Therefore, Blizzard's US filing has priority over any other US applications for "Hearthstone" (for the same or similar goods & services) filed after Feb. 28.
Hypo: Game Company X, upon seeing Blizzard's announcement at PAX East on March 22, rushes to file a US trademark application on the name because they thought Blizzard hadn't done so. Company X's application receives a priority date of March 22. Blizzard stays the course and files its US application on July 7, claiming priority to the Swaziland filing. Most likely, the Examining Attorney at the US Trademark Office would then reject Company X's application, citing Blizzard's earlier date. Game Company X would lose out.
Is there a chance we could find a possible link in these websites for the next expansion? Or is it very unlikely?
If they have filed already in Swaziland (or in a similarly small country with limited or no online searching capability), then it will likely be very hard to track down any filings. Not impossible, but probably not worth the effort either.
Of course, they may not have filed anything yet. Hearthstone was filed in Swaziland about a month before the public announcement, so unless the name might get out there earlier (e.g., Gamescom), they could wait to file abroad until Sept.-Oct.
I know curiosity is very powerful and part of Human nature but its times like this that I wish it didn't exist I would love to hear the 1st news of the next expansion via a huge promo event by Blizzard and not from a forum thread..
Originally Posted by Crym
Spoiler: The reason Garrosh is defeated is because, just when he's being attacked, Malchezaar pops out of a portal, yells "yoink!", and takes his weapon away.
TBH I'm not sure why Blizz would want to keep something like that secret. It helped build up a BUNCH of hype for it. (except in the case of Pandaria, which actually seemed to divide the community into believers and non-believers. :P)