Bungie Trademarks "Aerospace" and "Marathon"

Bungie, creators of the Halo series, have filed two interesting trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which were spotted by Superannuation.

The first filing is for "Bungie Aerospace", which Joystiq speculates could be linked to a re-branding of the studio following its split from Microsoft. Other speculation points to a piece of technology, which might be licensed out to other developers.

The second filing, made on March 8th is for "Marathon", the title of Bungie's second game and first hit. Halo fans will be the first to note that Halo and Marathon most likely occur in the same overall universe.

The upcoming Halo: Reach should be Bungie's last entry in the series, which is owned by Microsoft, before it transfers over to the Microsoft-owned 343 Industries. Bungie does, however, own the rights to Marathon. Could Bungie be gearing up to develop a new Marathon or is this just a re-filing to secure the trademark?

Update: To both filings, Bungie's community director Brian Jarrard told Shacknews, "No comment".

From The Chatty
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    March 17, 2010 1:49 PM

    Hopefully if they go back to Marathon it won't just be re-branded Halo. That would be a shame.

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      March 17, 2010 1:55 PM

      I think the last thing Bungie will do when they leave MS is do another Halo game - moniker aside

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      March 17, 2010 2:28 PM

      The two are so similar anyways. I like the locations, slower pace and tightness of Marathon compared to Halo's fast outdoor world but I feel so much of Halo could be filed under "shit we couldn't do in Marathon" that taking all that out to do something like the original Marathon games would feel like a bit of a step back.

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