Rockstar and 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has applied for a brand new trademark for 'The Lost and Damned'.
The company filed to nail down the name on June 5th with United States patent and trademark authority USPTO, claiming The Lost and Damned for 'scientific and electric apparatus' as well as 'education; entertainment'.
The Lost and Damned was the name of both a motorcycle gang from 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as some of the downloadable content for that title which launched in February 2009 for Xbox 360 ahead of a PC and PlayStation 3 release in April 2010. Take-Two previously filed for Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned in April 2009, securing the IP in September of that year.
Given that these most recent filings do not feature the Grand Theft Auto name, it's possible that this is Take-Two doing a bit of housekeeping to make sure it has a claim to The Lost and Damned name in its own right. It's also possible that this is the name of a forthcoming game or piece of downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto V.
We have reached out to the US publishing giant for comment and will update this article if we hear anything.