Microsoft's pre-emptive reveal of plans to refile for a Trademark of the name Killer Instinct --the popular, but short-lived fighting game franchise they acquired the rights to with their purchase of Rare Ltd back in 2002-- appears to have hit a snag, with the USPTO rejecting their application due to a conflict with another entertainment property, namely a 2005 crime drama developed by FOX in 2005 (via EGM
"This evidence establishes that the goods and services are commonly marketed under the same mark. Specifically, the evidence shows that television shows are commonly made into games. Therefore, applicant’s and registrant’s goods and services are considered related for likelihood of confusion purposes."
Basically, they’re saying that since it’s common for video games to be based off TV shows, Fox might want to make a Killer Instinct game for their Killer Instinct TV drama. And, if there’s another game called Killer Instinct, then people could get confused!
According to Television DB site tvrage.com
, Fox shot 13 episodes of Killer Instinct, and aired only nine of them.