If you thought Zynga’s trademark application for ville was the last of Zynga’s interesting European trademark applications, think again.
This week the gaming company filed for a trademark on the word “Patentville”, with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union.
According to the application, the trademark was filed to cover the following goods and services:
Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas, parasols and walking sticks; whips, harness and saddler; bags.
Clothing, footwear, headgear; clothing, namely, t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, jackets, button down shirts, polo shirts, dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts, sweatpants, aprons and headwear.
Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities; entertainment services, namely, incentive award programs designed to reward program participants who create new inventions or engage in the creation of patentable ideas; entertainment services, namely, providing online computer and electronic games, enhancements within online computer and electronic games, and game applications within online computer and electronic games; entertainment reviews of computer games and information relating to computer games; entertainment services provided via virtual environments in which users can interact through social games for recreational, leisure or entertainment purposes.
What about the domain name: Patentville.com?
What’s strange about this trademark application by Zynga, is that the gaming company doesn’t own the domain name, patentville.com.
Does not owning the dot com web address mean Zynga has nothing planned online for patentville?
It wouldn’t be the first time Zynga didn’t own the web address for one of its properties, as seen by its Fishville game which allows you to create your own aquarium on Facebook. The gaming company uses fishville.net, instead of fishville.com.
So who owns the patentville.com domain name?
The Law Office of Michael P. Eddy owns the domain, which is currently parked for sale at Sedo. Michael P. Eddy is also the owner of patent.org.