This is most likely the final nail in the coffin of Hammerpoint Interactive.
The USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) has suspended the ‘War Z’ trademark claiming it is too similar to Paramount Pictures’ upcoming movie, World War Z.
The suspension letter was apparently sent on November 15, so it is a surprise that no one managed to report this until now, however, this kind of becomes even more shady as the developers were mum about it and proceeded to do business as if nothing happened.
The trademark was registered by OP Productions and the reason given for suspension was because Paramount’s application precedes the filing date of applicant’s application.
“The trademark examining attorney has searched the USPTO’s database of registered and pending marks and has found no similar registered marks that would bar registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d). TMEP §704.02;see 15 U.S.C. §1052(d). However, a mark(s) in a prior-filed pending application(s) may present a bar to registration of applicant’s mark,” the document read.
“Therefore, action on this application is suspended until the earlier-filed referenced application(s) is either registered or abandoned. 37 C.F.R. §2.83(c).”
The patent was filed in July 2012 so you can probably guess how long this game was in development. How deep does this rabbit hole go?