Trenched trademark holder ready for Microsoft fight

Rui Alipio Monteiro, the Portuguese whose First World War-themed board game Trench was revealed last month to be the reason for the European delay of Double Fine’s XBLA title Trenched, appears ready to fight publisher Microsoft every step of the way. Explaining that his trademark covers electronic games as well – and claiming that one is already in development – he said in a statement: “[Microsoft], until the present date, has never contacted nor has any relation with Rui Alipio Monteiro. [Portuguese firm] Criações a Solo and Rui Alipio Monteiro, taking into account all investment already made, cannot do anything but obviously defend all their author’s copyright and intellectual property against any infringements, as any designer would.”