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Felix
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I'm asking because I did some research and there seams to be an old super hero comic line with this title that was later bought by Marvel and then discontinued. This was sometimes in the mid 1990s.

The term would be really ideal as a name for my game. It has a somewhat thematic tie (even though theme isn't a superstrong selling point in my game), it sounds punchy and can be remembered easily (I hope).

But maybe it could create some confusion because people tie it to the old comic line. Has anybody heard of it so far?
 
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I didn't know it was a comic line, but still would recommend against because it does bring strong connections to mind and it sounds like your game might not be targeting those expectations in theme or scope.
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I'll let people with more legal experience make this more clear, but I'm pretty sure you can't copyright titles. However, Marvel is now owned by Disney, and they're known for aggressively defending their intellectual property, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to get a cease-and-desist letter from their lawyers, and whether or not you're in the right legally, I wouldn't want to try to fight that.
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Lzmountaingames wrote:
I didn't know it was a comic line, but still would recommend against because it does bring strong connections to mind and it sounds like your game might not be targeting those expectations in theme or scope.


I now have to know what 'strong connections' it has?
 
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The name sounds fine to me! Just check the legal copyright/trademark section pinned in the design forum and make sure you can legal use that name, and if it's legal than do it if you want to. It has no specific connections to anything in my mind.
 
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jdaly72 wrote:
I'm pretty sure you can't copyright titles.

No, but you can trademark them. Trademarks can expire, though, if abandoned.

In any case, the name "Ultraverse" makes me think of this:


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Guantanamo wrote:
Lzmountaingames wrote:
I didn't know it was a comic line, but still would recommend against because it does bring strong connections to mind and it sounds like your game might not be targeting those expectations in theme or scope.


I now have to know what 'strong connections' it has?


Multiverse, omni verse, the 'verse...

Scale: epic, possibly exaggerating rules of physics
Conflict, disparate beings , multitude of characters
High fantasy (Defenders of the...) or sci fi
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Way back when, shortly after Marvel bought them and had a few of their characters cross over, I had subscriptions to a whole suite of Ultraverse comics.

There was even a short-lived TV cartoon based on the Malibu Ultraverse - I don't remember what it was called. Nightman had a live-action show briefly, but I'm pretty sure it never used the term.
 
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Lzmountaingames wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
Lzmountaingames wrote:
I didn't know it was a comic line, but still would recommend against because it does bring strong connections to mind and it sounds like your game might not be targeting those expectations in theme or scope.


I now have to know what 'strong connections' it has?


Multiverse, omni verse, the 'verse...

Scale: epic, possibly exaggerating rules of physics
Conflict, disparate beings , multitude of characters
High fantasy (Defenders of the...) or sci fi


Well, the game is semi-scifi and its main selling point is in fact gonna be a multitude of unique, crazy characters from all sorts of parallel universes fighting each other with some inspiration from the MOBA video game genre.
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jbrecken wrote:
Way back when, shortly after Marvel bought them and had a few of their characters cross over, I had subscriptions to a whole suite of Ultraverse comics.

There was even a short-lived TV cartoon based on the Malibu Ultraverse - I don't remember what it was called. Nightman had a live-action show briefly, but I'm pretty sure it never used the term.


UltraForce was the name of the cartoon. It was Malibu's version of the Avengers. I remember Mailbu's comics from when I was a kid.

A Trademark search would be a good place to start. Marvel/Disney will kick in your front door if you step on their trademarks.
 
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A quick glance, and it looks like the comic related filing for UltraVerse trademarks is dead. Check it out.

http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=tess&state=4810:93m0ih.1.1

Copyright is a different story. Looks like the creator still holds it.
http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=+P...
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jdaly72 wrote:
I'll let people with more legal experience make this more clear, but I'm pretty sure you can't copyright titles.


That's true: you can copyright expressions of ideas, not the names of it. That's what trademarks are for.

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However, Marvel is now owned by Disney, and they're known for aggressively defending their intellectual property, so I wouldn't be at all surprised to get a cease-and-desist letter from their lawyers, and whether or not you're in the right legally, I wouldn't want to try to fight that.


They can't enforce a trademark claim when the trademark is no longer active, and you can check on http:/tmsearch.uspto.gov

The only active trademark for Ultraverse is this piece of medical equipment http://www.bardpv.com/portfolio/ultraverse-035/. That's unlikely to be mistaken for a board game, so you'd be fine to call your game that.
 
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"All-traverse"? Isn't that a game about backpacking?
 
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fwiw, If you're not publishing it, don't worry about it. The publisher should be the one taking care of this, and may change the name, especially if they retheme it.
 
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