Last week in our poll we asked readers if Candy Crush Saga maker "King would be in the running for the Consumerist’s Worst Company in America tournament," and the majority of you said that it would end up being between King and EA, with EA ultimately winning.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll (Will King be in the running for the Consumerist’s Worst Company in America tournament?), the trend towards consumers choosing digital games over retail game discs, and Capcom's response to offering more gender options for the main character in Deep Down. Download Episode 89 now: SuperPAC Episode 89 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.
Speaking to MCV today, Marks & Clerk trademark attorney Aidan Clarke says that King did the logical thing when it tried to trademark "Candy" in the United States with the USPTO. Clarke said that the company would be "mad" not to make such a move to protect its intellectual property.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has canceled the trademark for Sega's Shenmue game, according to an entry on its web site. The USPTO lists the registration for the game trademark as cancelled "because registrant did not file an acceptable declaration under Section 8." Section 8 requires that the trademark holder must maintain and renew an "existing registration to ensure that the registration remains live."
The International Game Developers Association did something last night that it doesn't normally do: it issued a statement publicly commenting on a feud between several companies over trademarks. But apparently the international organization that represents game developers thinks that Candy Crush Saga maker King is going too far in its ongoing battle to control the trademarks for "Candy" and "Saga."
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about why Flappy Bird was pulled from various App Stores, Candy Swipe v. King, Norwegian killer Anders Brevik asking for a better class of video games in prison, and EA's denial that SimCity and Battlefield 4 had crappy launches. Download Episode 88 now: SuperPAC Episode 88 (1 hour, 7 minutes) 76.9 MB.
In an open letter to King, Albert Ransom, independent developer and owner of Runsome Apps Inc., breaks his silence concerning the trademark for his game CandySwipe, which King recently tried to invalidate, despite the fact that the Android game's trademark was filed prior to King's filing for Candy Crush Saga.
Apparently someone has been playing games with the trademark for Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, and while they might think they are being cheeky it is becoming more and more apparent that the person(s) responsible may face serious consequences in the long run. The news came to light in a NeoGAF thread where an eagle-eyed forum user discovered through a U.S. Trademark and Patent Office search that Ubisoft had "abandoned" its trademark with the agency in charge of issuing trademarks.
In last week's poll we asked our readers if Candy Crush Saga maker King should be able to trademark the word "Candy" as it relates to games? A majority of the votes (one could even call it a landslide) said that King should not have been able to file for that trademark.
On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss last week's GamePolitics poll (should King be able to trademark the word "candy" ?), the controversy over YouTube content creators taking money from companies and not disclosing it to viewers, and even more talk about King including accusations that it cloned a game and that it is opposing Stoic's trademark related to The Banner Saga. Download Episode 85 now: SuperPAC Episode 85 (1 hour, 10 minutes) 80 MB.
Okay, you know the story by now. King.com, the maker of Candy Crush, has trademarked the word 'candy.'
King.com applied for the mark last year and it was approved on last week on January 15. It covers use of the word 'Candy' in games, game accessories, merchandise and other items. Companies who oppose this filing have a 30 day window to file a complaint.
Game developer Stoic says that the sequel to The Banner Saga is basically on hold while it faces a trademark challenge from Candy Crush maker King. King filed for the trademark "Candy" as it relates to games, and it challenged Stoic's filing because of the term "Saga." Now Stoic is saying that it can't imagine making a game about Vikings without using the word.
"We won't make a Viking saga without the word Saga, and we don't appreciate anyone telling us we can't," Stoic told Polygon.
According to a Games Industry International report, Candy Crush Saga makers King (who are trying to get a trademark for the word "Candy") are apparently opposing a trademark filed by The Banner Saga developer Stoic.
Earlier today we wrote about King.com, maker of the so-popular-even-I've-heard-of-it social and mobile game Candy Crush, and how it had successfully trademarked the word 'candy.' The mark covers use of the word in games, game accessories, and merchandise.
Trademarking a single common word is never a good idea, but that hasn't stopped King.com from attempting to secure a trademark for the word "candy." The company, which makes the ridiculously popular social and mobile game Candy Crush Saga, has filed a patent application for "Candy" with the USPTO. The application, which was filed for last year, was approved on January 15. Companies who oppose this filing have a 30 day window to file a complaint.
A trademark unearthed earlier this week attributed to Sega's Shenmue franchise has turned out to be a fake. Sega says that the application for a Shenmue III trademark was not filed by the company and that it is looking into its origins.
"Sega has confirmed that the recent application for the trademark of Shenmue III is a fake and is looking into the origins of this application," the publisher told GameSpot in a statement.
Zynga has won its Scramble With Friends lawsuit against Mattel in a UK court. The social gaming giant was sued by Mattel, who claimed that Zynga's game was too similar to Mattel's classic word game Scrabble. Mattel filed suit against Zynga arguing that Scramble With Friends was too similar to its own trademarked game, but High Court Justice Peter Smith rejected the claim, with one caveat.
Wasteland Kings has been renamed to avoid a trademark dispute. Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer revealed that it has changed the name of its post-apocalyptic rogue-like shooter Wasteland Kings to Nuclear Throne. The name change comes after a branding dispute with inXile Entertainment, whose members made the original Interplay game Wasteland.
Activision has let several game trademarks expire, according to GameSpot. Activision has let trademarks for "Call of Duty: Space Warfare" and "Call of Duty: Secret Warfare" expire. Activision filed the trademark application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in May 2010, but no game was ever announced.
Miniature golf company Putt-Putt golf has threatened to sue Minecraft maker Mojang for maps that feature the putt-putt name, according to Eurogamer. The problem with the threat? The examples they use in pointing out trademark infringement were created by the Minecraft community and not Mojang... Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson posted an image of the cease-and-desist letter on Twitter along with a message that the company was being pretty silly.
Indie game developer Notion Games announced via Twitter that it will change the name of its game, Super Ubi Land, following concerns expressed by Ubisoft over potential confusion and possible brand infringement. Super Ubi Land has no connection to Ubisoft, obviously.
The game was announced in January and successfully raised $6,333 from nearly 300 backers in February on Kickstarter.
The game is being developed for Wii U, Windows PC, Mac and Linux for release later this year.
Responding to the widespread reporting that the "Nyan Cat" creator and "Keyboard Cat" creator sued Warner Bros. over the inclusion of the Internet memes in the game Scribblenauts Unlimited, Christopher "Nyan" Orlando Torres said that he tried to talk to Warner Bros. about the issue but was disrespected on multiple occasions.
Warner Bros. Interactive is no stranger to the fighting battles about trademarks and copyrights in courts, but a case filed by two Internet meme creators has the industry giant in a role reversal. According to this NeoGAF thread Charles "Keyboard" Schmidt (Keyboard Cat meme) and Christopher "Nyan" Orlando Torres (Nyan Cat meme) filed a lawsuit against publisher Warner Bros.
Update: Sunstone Games owner Simon Strange told GamePolitics this afternoon that legal counsel for Wizards of the Coast contacted him way back in December of last year to complain that "Kaiju Combat" was an infringement of its trademark "KAIJUDO."
Apple should probably get ready for a lawsuit or a settlement agreement in Brazil. Brazil’s patent authority announced on Wednesday that Apple does not own the iPhone name in Brazil. That distinction belongs to a local company called Gradiente SA. While this ruling from the agency doesn't mean that Apple can't use the name for its products in the region, it does mean that Apple may have a court fight on its hands somewhere down the road.
Former THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson laments the dismantling and sale of THQ and its various properties and studios. Bilson worked for more than four years at the publisher before being replaced by former Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin When asked by Polygon for his reaction to all the news surrounding the auctioning off of THQ's assets, Bilson offered the following: