Bethesda parent trademarks 'Brink'

ZeniMax files USPTO application for new "computer game software" project, though details in short supply.

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Nearly a year ago to the day, Bethesda Softworks entered into a long-term development deal with Enemy Territory: Quake Wars developer Splash Damage. Details on that project have been held under close wraps, with Bethesda surfacing to talk about the project only when Splash Damage adds a high-profile developer to its team. Such recent additions include Fable II lead designer Paul Ham and Killzone 2 lead level designer Neil Alphonso.

</img>    Now, with the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo just two weeks away, the name of that project may have surfaced, courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. On Friday, Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media filed an application to trademark
Now, with the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo just two weeks away, the name of that project may have surfaced, courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. On Friday, Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media filed an application to trademark "Brink" with the USPTO. When it is approved, the filing will secure a claim for the name on "computer game software for use with personal computers and home video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices." The application also lays claim to "entertainment services, namely, providing on-line interactive computer games and providing information relating to electronic computer games via the internet." Of note, Bethesda and ZeniMax are also at work on a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, having secured $300 million in funding for it and other development projects in 2007. However, Bethesda's MMOG in question is widely believed to be set in the publisher's popular Elder Scrolls universe. Bethesda had not responded to requests for comment on the filing as of press time.

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