Update (18/1/24): Remedy has reached out to Game File reporter Stephen Totilo with a statement about the logo dispute between it and Rockstar. In a nutshell, it's nothing to worry about:
A representative of the studio said: "...this was a discussion between [Remedy and Take-Two] that was resolved entirely and amicably late last year. The legal filing was simply an initial formality, and Remedy and Take-Two continue to work together in partnership."
That's that, then. Carry on!
Original Story: Can you claim the rights to a single letter? Take-Two certainly seems to be trying, as it's reportedly in a dispute with Remedy Entertainment over the letter 'R'.
Remedy changed its logo last year, from the old R featuring a bullet to the new design. This was in order to "bring more consistency" across all its titles. When it filed trademarks for two variations (one with the Remedy name beneath and one without), Take-Two apparently issued a dispute, and it's one that's yet to be resolved. That's according to RespawnFirst.
The publisher's reasoning for the trademark dispute boils down to "a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public", undoubtedly referring to the logo of Rockstar Games — also a stylised 'R'.
Of course, there's a clear difference between the two logos, and many people would easily be able to pick out the Rockstar logo in a lineup. It seems to be more of a struggle for Take-Two, or perhaps just its legal team, but who are we to judge?
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see whether this results in another logo revamp for Remedy, or the whole thing eventually goes away. What do you think of this issue? Does Take-Two have a point about the two logos, or is this all a little bit silly? Tell us in the comments section below.