The Tetris Company announced that the New Jersey District Court has delivered the company final judgment in its case against game maker Xio. The company filed the lawsuit in 2009 alleging that Xio's game Mino for iOS infringed on the copyrights and trade dress rights of Tetris. The court ultimately sided with The Tetris Company, which owns the licensing rights to the popular franchise.
On May 30, 2012, the Court granted The Tetris Company's motion for summary judgment, that the visual expression of the Tetris game is protected by copyright and trade dress, and that Xio’s Mino game infringed on TTC’s copyrights and trade dress rights. In addition to its newest ruling, the court has also issued an injunction against Xio, which permanently prohibits it from "publicly displaying, selling, licensing, distributing, offering for sale, marketing, advertising, or promoting Mino."
"We are thrilled that the Court ruled in favor of protecting the rights of game developers," said Henk Rogers, a game developer turned entrepreneur. Rogers is a friend and long time business partner with Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian developer who created the Tetris game. He is also Managing Director of The Tetris Company. "Just like the music, film and written word industries, originality and creativity in video games are protectable. This is great news for budding designers and developers in the video game industry. Without this protection, our industry would not exist."
Pajitnov adds, “It is truly a victory for us. I am happy the Court has validated that my work is protected by law. I hope there will be more people now enjoying the high quality version of our game.”
You can read the final judgment in the case here (PDF).