EA ditches Skate trademark, effectively axing a Skate 4

Joanna Estrada
November 8, 2019

That's why it seemed plausible that EA was just letting Skate 4 incubate for a good, long while before release.

Although they've always had a vocal fanbase, and reviewed completely, the Skate video games comprise never been seriously successful for EA, which is presumably why they've abandoned the rights to the trademark. Again. I don't know much about business, but I assume that you don't ditch a trademark for a franchise if you intend to. you know, do something with that franchise in the near future.

Gaming outlet VG247 spotted that EA's trademark of the property has been listed as abandoned over on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (UPTO) website since August 31, 2019.

Luckily, EA is keeping its trademark alive which means we have hope for a new entry once again. What fools we were. In August of this year, the publisher quietly made a decision to ignore the Skate trademark application.

Thanks to GamesRadar, the trademark page on legal resource site Justia shows that the the trademark was abandoned due to "Failure To Respond Or Late Response". Damn you, persistent rumours.

Justia does have another Skate trademark listed, according to GamesRadar, and this one, renewed back on 24th June 2019, is apparently active for the next decade.

UPDATE (11/8/19 - 10:25AM): It would appear that EA is still in control of the Skate trademark.

MORE: EA promise "thrilling remasters of fan favourites" - cease they imply Mass Enact and Dreary Space? It's been almost ten years, I'm not getting any younger, and EA clearly has little interest in reviving the franchise. EA seemed to hint that Skate 4 was on the way when it unexpectedly reactivated the Skate 3 online servers ahead of 2018's E3.

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