You know a company probably has too much time and money on its hands when it decides to oppose a patent for a family-run dog waste removal service. Mega publisher Activision plans to stand in the way of 'Call of DooDee' -- a North American business that offers everything from standard patio sprays to monthly poop-scooping visits.
The service's name appears to be the problem here -- a play on the publisher's blockbuster Call of Duty franchise -- as Call of DooDee apparently isn't using any copyrighted materials or anything like that. We think the name's quite catchy, but Activision doesn't seem to agree. The gaming juggernaut hasn't actually taken action yet, but it has just successfully extended its opposition deadline. In other words, the publisher's thinking about making a move before the year's out.
What do you make of this somewhat sh*tty situation? No dogs allowed in the comments section below.
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I reckon they could have helped improve ghost the worst cod I ever played by removing that dog
They'll likely oppose them by making them pay for a box with different names to choose from. After all, I'm sure Activision know many different words for crap by now.
This made me laugh out loud.
People are starving in the world. Hey-ho.
Please how can they do that? The name is only similar in tone and ofc the first two words! Ridiculous if they do it...
They're just afraid that people disposing of sh*t will clear their games off the shelves.
What the hell is wrong with them?! No one except the people who live in this families town would've even heard about this until Activision made a big stink (pun intended) about it. Being seen as a bully is not a good look for a company.
That’s the same name as their game! They should definitely sue. 😉
What's the difference?
That’s a great name for a small business. Love Activision. At least their behaviour is in line with COD’s main player base.
@Starbuster00 Watch the language please.
@Tasuki Sorry about that.
Oh we, I guess I had also better check my new haemorrhoid product, Arseassins Cream. Don't want to get sued by Ubisoft.
I thought Activision only had control over the specific set of trademark features to go with the phrase, like font/subtitles/artwork etc. Otherwise, the series is using a long-known phrase in the first place. Isn't trademarking common phrases prohibited to the point where the Blu-Ray had to deliberately mangle its spelling at least?
should have called it Call of Poopy instead
Compromise and call it doodoo.
Bizarre to imagine them going to court to convince a judge that a steaming pile of dog turd produced on a semi regular basis could easily be confused with canine faeces.
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