The Shenmue trademark looks like it may no longer be the property of Sega. DualShockers has spotted an update to the Shenmue trademark page on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website that says the rights have been lost due to lack of use.
“Registration cancelled because registrant did not file an acceptable declaration under Section 8,” it reads.
That section is associated with the “continued use” or “excusable non-use” of a trademark. All of which suggests Sega either didn’t provide the required declarations or couldn’t explain the trademark’s dormant state.
The last proper Shenmue release was 2001’s Shenmue II. A planned sequel was scrapped due to the game’s disappointing sales, but that hasn’t stopped Shenmue III becoming one of the most requested games in the history of the internet.
Welcome to the DCEmu Homebrew and Gaming Network. This Network of sites is owned and ran by fans of the retro consoles and the latest next-gen consoles, we post news on all the consoles we cover about hardware aspects, gaming, modification, Hacking and Homebrew. Homebrew and Emulation are software thats made using free and legal tools to play on games consoles. This Network is the only worldwide network of sites where coders can upload and post news of their own releases and get the credit and comments they deserve for all their hardwork. We have a Network that currently supports PSvita, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU, PS4, Xbox720, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360,Pandora, Dingoo, Wiz, PS3, PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, PSP, GBA, Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Android, Apple, Blackberry, GP32, GP2X, Nintendo 64, Snes, Gameboy, Nes, Virtual Boy, Apple iPhone, Ipad, Ipod Touch, Ipod, Windows Phone and also Mobile Phone Emulation. When new consoles appear we will expand to cover those consoles.
Please help DCEmu become stronger by posting on the forums every day and make our community larger.