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Candy Crush dev trademarks the word "Candy," Apple legal goes after infringing games

chubigans

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Hoo boy.

http://www.gamezebo.com/news/2014/0...rked-word-candy-and-youre-probably-infringing

In a filing with the US trademark office dated February 6, 2013, King.com Limited registered claim to the word ‘candy’ as it pertains to video games and, strangely, clothing. On January 15, 2014 the filing was approved. And now, a mere five days later, reports are coming in from developers that they’re being asked to remove their app (or prove that their game doesn’t infringe upon the trademark).

“Lots of devs are frustrated cause it seems so ridiculous” says Benny Hsu, the maker of All Candy Casino Slots – Jewel Craze Connect: Big Blast Mania Land. Benny’s game, which shares no similarities with King’s properties aside from the word ‘candy,’ is one of a number of games that have been targeted by King.

Hsu contacted Sophie Hallstrom, King’s IP paralegal, to discuss the matter further. Rather than the simple “oops, our mistake” that Benny was hoping for, he was given a very finite response. “Your use of CANDY SLOTS in your app icon uses our CANDY trade mark exactly, for identical goods, which amounts to trade mark infringement and is likely to lead to consumer confusion and damage to our brand,” reads Hallstrom’s reply. “The addition of only the descriptive term "SLOTS" does nothing to lessen the likelihood of confusion.”

Lots more at the link. What a bunch of crap.
 

qko

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And this is the kind of environment that is the future of gaming folks.
 

Megatron

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Lol. I get the feeling that king.com is going to get crushed in the courtroom.

This is one of those so stupid it's funny stories.
 

Aquamarine

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I should trademark the word "Crush," then sue King.com Limited for their infringing "Candy Crush Saga."
 

winjet81

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I should trademark the word "Crush," then sue King.com Limited for their infringing "Candy Crush."

Or better yet, someone should tell Sega to do so:

 

Stumpokapow

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Quick legal-gaf what does this mean for my line of reasonably priced Candy lingerie?

That's not what trademarks do. They trademark the word in a particular context, in this context mobile games, so they can go after clones. In the same way, Microsoft has the trademark for Windows but Bill Gates doesn't walk house to house throwing rocks at them with legal impunity.
 

Giant Panda

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That's not what trademarks do. They trademark the word in a particular context, in this context mobile games, so they can go after clones. In the same way, Microsoft has the trademark for Windows but Bill Gates doesn't walk house to house throwing rocks at them with legal impunity.
They also trademarked it for clothes.
 

SwiftDeath

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That's not what trademarks do. They trademark the word in a particular context, in this context mobile games, so they can go after clones. In the same way, Microsoft has the trademark for Windows but Bill Gates doesn't walk house to house throwing rocks at them with legal impunity.

King.com Limited registered claim to the word ‘candy’ as it pertains to video games and, strangely, clothing.

Hmm?
 

Anustart

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That's not what trademarks do. They trademark the word in a particular context, in this context mobile games, so they can go after clones. In the same way, Microsoft has the trademark for Windows but Bill Gates doesn't walk house to house throwing rocks at them with legal impunity.

But they also said the trademark applies to clothing, so the gaffer is still in trouble with his lingerie line!
 

Aquamarine

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So if I sold a t-shirt that said "I like candy," the makers of Candy Crush Saga could then go after me for trademark infringement?