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It is likely that this would not be enough if the trademark were to be challenged.  See [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2009-title15/html/USCODE-2009-title15-chap22-subchapIII-sec1127.htm 15 USC §1127]:
 
It is likely that this would not be enough if the trademark were to be challenged.  See [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2009-title15/html/USCODE-2009-title15-chap22-subchapIII-sec1127.htm 15 USC §1127]:
 
:''A mark shall be deemed to be ''abandoned'' [...] When its use has been discontinued with intent not to resume such use. Intent not to resume may be inferred from circumstances. Nonuse for 3 consecutive years shall be prima facie evidence of abandonment. ''Use'' of a mark means the bona fide use of such mark made in the ordinary course of trade, and not made merely to reserve a right in a mark.''
 
:''A mark shall be deemed to be ''abandoned'' [...] When its use has been discontinued with intent not to resume such use. Intent not to resume may be inferred from circumstances. Nonuse for 3 consecutive years shall be prima facie evidence of abandonment. ''Use'' of a mark means the bona fide use of such mark made in the ordinary course of trade, and not made merely to reserve a right in a mark.''
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However, in April 2011, Atari put the Star Control games up for sale on [http://www.gog.com Good Old Games].  This could be considered sufficient use in commerce to re-secure the trademark.
  
 
=== External Links ===
 
=== External Links ===
 
*[http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=75095591 Entry at the United States Patent and Trademark Office]
 
*[http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=75095591 Entry at the United States Patent and Trademark Office]
 
*[http://tmportal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=75095591 Trademark registration documents]
 
*[http://tmportal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=75095591 Trademark registration documents]
 
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*[http://www.gog.com/gamecard/star_control_1_2 Good Old Games Star Control Page].
 
[[Category:About the Star Control series]]
 
[[Category:About the Star Control series]]

Revision as of 05:40, 22 January 2013

The name "Star Control" is a registered trademark in the United States. It is registered for use with "computer game software, and manuals supplied as a unit therewith."

It was originally registered by Accolade, in 1997. Accolade has since been bought by Infogrames (in 1999), which in turn changed its name to Atari in 2003.

While Toys For Bob itself holds the rights to the Star Control games it created, Atari remains the owner of the Star Control trademark. It is because of this that the Open Source release of Star Control II is named The Ur-Quan Masters, which was the subtitle to the original release.

In September 2007, Atari has renewed the registration of the Star Control trademark. To do this, they needed to show recent use of the trademark in commerce. In their application they did this by including graphics of a simple Flash game assumed to be created just days earlier.

It is likely that this would not be enough if the trademark were to be challenged. See 15 USC §1127:

A mark shall be deemed to be abandoned [...] When its use has been discontinued with intent not to resume such use. Intent not to resume may be inferred from circumstances. Nonuse for 3 consecutive years shall be prima facie evidence of abandonment. Use of a mark means the bona fide use of such mark made in the ordinary course of trade, and not made merely to reserve a right in a mark.

However, in April 2011, Atari put the Star Control games up for sale on Good Old Games. This could be considered sufficient use in commerce to re-secure the trademark.

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