In American trademark news, it appears that Nintendo’s claim on “Hyrule Warriors” has been abandoned.
According to a thread on NeoGAF, the trademark for “Hyrule Warriors” expired on April 22nd of this year following multiple notices from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
On March 26th, 2015, the trademark application had been suspended after Nintendo had failed to file information necessary for foreign registrations.
Later that year, on October 20th, another notice was sent, which detailed the steps the company needed to take to prevent the application from being abandoned.
It would seem that Nintendo failed to follow up on both notices, as the trademark has now been surrendered.
What’s more, related trademarks in both Europe and Japan had expired late last year in November and August, respectively.
What this means for the future of the series is unclear, but the NeoGAF thread notes human error is likely at play, citing a similar situation with Sony’s The Last Guardian trademark as an example of such.