Update: The trademark would appear to be a fake - after one WoW player noticed that the filing shares a reference number with Warlords of Draenor. Booo.
Council of Glades? Couldn’t that just as easily be Glade of Counselling? Either way, the brain leaps immediately to Tolkien's ents - the tree-people who make up fantasy’s most indecisive parliament.
Blizzard submitted an application to New Zealand’s IP office on Saturday, July 25th - later spotted by forumites at MMO Champion. The Californian masters of meta are asking permission to use the name ‘Council of Glades’ for computer game software on PCs, laptops, mobiles, handheld devices, tablets - in short, anywhere you might find something you could conceivably call a video game.
The application also covers games accessed via online networks, as well as “online news and information in the field of computer games” - so that’s Battle.net well covered.
Gamescom begins in the middle of next week, and Blizzard have a big presence there this year. We’ll be in Cologne having a chat with them - and if anything resembling the word ‘Glades’ comes up, we’ll let you know.
What would you like Council of Glades to be? WoW expansion? Hearthstone adventure?