Microsoft has the rights to use quite a few trademarks and in the U.S. while most of them are obvious, such as "Windows", "Xbox" and "Office", others are a bit of a mystery. Earlier in December, the company made a number of new filings with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, and most of them center on one word: "Mod."
Yes, Microsoft has filed a claim to get the trademark rights to "Mod". The name will be used for "Computer operating system software; computer software; computer hardware; computer peripherals; computer accessories; mobile computing devices; (and) mobile communication devices," according to the document.
That's not all. Microsoft also filed for the U.S. trademark rights to "Microsoft Mod", "Windows Mod" "Office Mod" and even "Microsoft Office Mod." All of the listings show the names will be used for the same products as the "Mod trademark filing. So what does this all mean? We have no idea but we have contacted Microsoft for comment.
Microsoft also filed for yet another trademark on December 19th, this time for the name "Throne Together" for the use of "Game software." It's likely that this is the name of a previously unannounced Windows or Xbox game that Microsoft is planning to publish.
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