DC Comics has registered the trademark of Doom Patrol for a plethora of goods and services. But it looks like iD Software, creators of the game Doom, are not entirely happy about that. DC Comics was granted the trademark in two sets of categories, the first to cover;
Entertainment services in the nature of ongoing live-action, comedy, drama, animated and reality television programs; production of live-action, comedy, drama, animated and reality television programs
And the second to cover;
Motion picture films featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and animation, and motion picture films for broadcast on television featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and animation; audio video discs, and digital versatile discs featuring music, comedy, drama, action, adventure, and animation; stereo headphones; batteries; cordless telephones; CD players; downloadable audio and video players for media content with multimedia and interactive functions, video search and annotation software, content protection software, database management software, database synchronization software; computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, software that enables users to play and program entertainment-related audio, video, text and multi-media content; computer application software for streaming and storing audio-visual media content; software for streaming audiovisual and multimedia content via the internet and global communications networks; software for streaming audiovisual and multimedia content to mobile digital electronic devices; computer software for wireless content delivery; computer software for purchasing, accessing, and viewing comic books, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, videos, and multimedia content; mobile applications for accessing and streaming audiovisual and multimedia content via the internet and global communications networks; downloadable motion pictures and television shows featuring fiction and non-fiction stories on a variety of topics provided via a video-on-demand service; magnetically encoded magnetic cards, namely, phone cards, credit cards, cash cards, debit cards, gift cards and magnetic key cards; mouse pads; blank USB flash drives; accessories for mobile phones, laptops, tablets, digital cameras, digital music players, smartwatches, personal digital assistants, and electronic book readers, namely, protective sleeves, covers, cases, faceplates, fitted plastic films known as skins, straps, and protective display screen covers; headphones; earphones; walkie-talkies; telephones; mobile phones; headsets for mobile phones; power adapters for mobile phones; decorative magnets; graduated rulers; magnifying glasses; microphones; sports helmets; bicycle helmets; flotation vests; downloadable publications in the nature of books featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, comic books, graphic novels, children’s books, strategy guides, magazines featuring characters from animated, action adventure, comedy and/or drama features, coloring books, children’s activity books and magazines in the field of entertainment
Well, iD Software are planning to appeal against the decision for both categories. They have licensed the Doom movie, with a sequel Doom: Annihilation coming out soon, just as DC Comics has the Doom Patrol TV series out. Trademark challenges take time but we’ll keep an eye on hos this plays out.