Trademark for Slightly Mad's Mad Box console runs into trouble

Trademark for Slightly Mad's Mad Box console runs into trouble

You might remember that at the start of 2019, the developer behind the Project CARS racing franchise Slightly Mad revealed it was working on a games console.

Dubbed the Mad Box, this boasted a ridiculous spec sheet, while CEO Ian Bell promised price on par with consoles. However, it's possible that the hardware won't be going under this name anymore.

On January 3rd, 2019, Slightly Mad Studios filed the 'Mad Box' trademark with European IP body EUIPO - one day after Bell announced the tech on Twitter.

However, on March 25th, a French casual games company called Madbox filed an opposition to Slightly Mad's trademark, saying that there "exists a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public". Opposition is a three-month period in European IP law following the publication of a trademark application where other companies have the chance to raise concerns - including similarities or potential for confusion - before a trademark is granted.  

Following Madbox's opposition, Slightly Mad withdrew its application for the Mad Box trademark on April 5th.

What this means for the Mad Box name isn't clear. There are a number of reasons why Slightly Mad would withdraw its application - it might have come to some agreement with Madbox or might even have decided it wasn't worth the fight.

Whatever the company's console is called, it's likely to not be Mad Box.

We've reached out to both Slightly Mad and Madbox for this story; neither has replied.

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.