King, the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, has abandoned its trademark application for the word 'candy' in the U.S. (AE: Obviously, King is taking steps to ensure it doesn't supplant EA as this year's Worst Company in America!)
In a statement provided to Kotaku, a spokesperson for King said:
"King has withdrawn its trademark application for Candy in the U.S., which we applied for in February 2013 before we acquired the early rights to Candy Crusher. Each market that King operates in is different with regard to IP. We feel that having the rights to Candy Crusher is the best option for protecting Candy Crush in the U.S. market. This does not affect our E.U. trademark for Candy and we continue to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP."
Regarding Candy Crusher, you might recall that King is using its newly acquired rights to that game in order to invalidate an independent developer's trademark for CandySwipe, a game that debuted two years before Candy Crush Saga.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen