In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone but simultaneously enrage everyone, that trademark filing for Half-Life 3 that cropped up last week has been removed. On 29 September a company called Casalonga et Associes filed a trademark for “Half-Life 3” allegedly on behalf of Valve Corporation. The filing was for “computer game software”.
About a week on and the European Union offices for trademarks, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, has removed the listing. No reason has been supplied on behalf of the EU offices but the listing no longer appears anywhere on the database.
It all seemed very legit at the time, didn’t it? Whether or not this was an elaborate trolling attempt on behalf of some people is up for debate. It’s now probably worth questioning the legitimacy of the Valve User Picker list that also leaked last week.