Developer CD Projekt Red, the minds behind the The Witcher franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, have recently released a statement regarding their trademarking of the term “cyberpunk” last year in Europe.
The trademark, which drew criticism from a number of fans of genre, would require companies who plan to use cyberpunk in the title of any piece of media or work of art to go through CD Projekt Red in order to bring their product to market.
CD Projekt recently addressed this notion on Twitter saying in part,
“A trademark is not a copyright or patent–these are totally different rights and should not be confused. A registered trademark does not prohibit from using the word ‘Cyberpunk’ if it’s not used in the course of business (e.g. branding, advertising etc.) … [and] it also does not give any exclusivity to set a game in a certain environment, or in a certain genre. Use of a protected word in a title may be prohibited only if it could confuse customers.”
You can see CD Projekt Red’s full tweet below and stay tuned for more information from Cyberpunk 2077 when it’s made available.
Information about Cyberpunk trademark. pic.twitter.com/4mufRCp9Gf
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) April 6, 2017