Bethesda Softworks and parent company ZeniMax, who are behind the sensational RPG franchise The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, have some new surprises in store for fans. Six new trademark applications have just been filed for the iconic dragon shout Fus Ro Dah.
In the game, players are able to summon a force powerful enough to push away enemies when resounding the call. However, the shout began to truly resonate with players after a video surfaced on YouTube showing a dragon shout with enough punch to knock an oversized person off of a table. An Internet meme exploded from there, making the phrase a widely-recognizable part of the game. This isn't the only Skyrim YouTube video to go viral. A live-action parody of the game surfaced on YouTube April 7th, and has accumulated more than a million views since.
And now it seems fans aren't the only ones to recognize the importance of the dragon shout. ZeniMax is making moves to protect its popularized intellectual property, with six applications pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is unclear what exactly will come from these trademarks, but one of them is said to cover clothing such as T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Another trademark involves computer software for use with computers and video game consoles. Earlier in the month Pete Hines of Bethesda said that cool news and surprises are in store for this month, but nothing has been officially confirmed. Rumors have been circulating about new downloadable content after the company also filed a patent for the term Dawnguard.
The rest of the recently filed applications are listed below:
Serial Number: 85589286
Computer game software for use with computers and video game consoles; downloadable computer game software offered via the internet and wireless devices; cell phone cases; downloadable cell phone ringtones; digital tablet cases; smart phone cases; mouse pads; eyeglass cases; head phones
Serial Number: 85589288
Computer and video game user instruction manuals; magazines, books, and pamphlets concerning video games; computer and video game strategy guide books and magazines; trading cards, maps, posters, advertisement boards of paper or cardboard, art prints
Serial Number: 85589291
Bags, namely, backpacks, duffel bags, knapsacks, book bags, athletic bags, and cosmetic bags, sold empty
Serial Number: 85589294
Clothing, namely, T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, fleece pullovers; headwear, namely, hats
Serial Number: 85589296
Toys and action figures; playing cards, dice, and board games; bobble-head dolls; sporting equipment
Serial Number: 85589298
Entertainment services, namely, providing on-line interactive computer games and providing information relating to electronic computer games via the internet