Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 136

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 136), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Haunted House of Trademark Horrors

March 20, 2015 - James Fudge

Meet the man who has been fighting an Atari trademark challenge for over three years.

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Artist claims Kabam copied his IP to create its mobile game 'Creature Academy'

March 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Artist Kevin Konrad Hanna claims in a new comic (you read that right) that mobile and web game company Kabam copied his graphic novel Creature Academy to create its game of the same name.

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Zenimax Sends Cease & Desist Letter to 'Fortress Fallout' Makers

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Howard Marks, founder of indie studio Xreal LLC., shows a letter on YouTube from Zeminax asking him to stop using the name "Fortress Fallout" for his game because it infringes on Zenimax's (and its subsidiary Bethesda Softworks') trade and service marks. Bethesda owns the Fallout series of games, which it bought the rights to from Interplay quite a few years ago. It also notes Xreal's application for a trademark with the word "Fallout" in it.

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Blizzard's 'Overwatch' Having Trademark Troubles

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Blizzard might have a little bit of trouble with trademarking the name "Overwatch," the team-based multiplayer first-person shooter from the makers of World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. According to documents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted on (as reported on by Polygon), another company also filed for the "Overwatch" trademark - Innovis.

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Report: Activision Abandons Two Trademarks

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Publishing has cancelled (or abandoned) two trademarks, according to a report on Games Cabin. The first is a trademark for Radical Entertainment's catch-phrase "Play, Work, Live, Breathe, Games." The company, which Activision acquired in 2005, is best known for developing Scarface: The World Is Yours, Crash: Mind over Mutant, Prototype, and other titles. Currently the studio serves as a support team for Activision.

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Activision Prevails in 'Angry Monkey' Military Patch Lawsuit

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Bethesda: New 'Fallout' Trademark is a Hoax

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks took to Twitter this afternoon to shoot down rumors about a new Fallout trademark being filed. After several stories surfaced based on a find over at NeoGAF related to a trademark registered by Bethesda Softworks LLC in Germany, the company decided not to let the rumor linger.

On Twitter Bethesda said that the trademark for a game called "Fallout: Shadow of Boston" is a complete hoax.

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Report: China Establishing Special IP Courts

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloomberg reports that the Chinese government plans to establish a court dedicated to intellectual property in Beijing in the coming weeks, with similar courts to be established in other regions of the country including Shanghai and Guangzhou by the end of the year. These new IP courts will tackle cases involving patent and trademark violations, and other issues related to software.

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Developers Spar Over 'Grimoire' Name

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cleve Blakemore, the man behind Grimoire: Heralds of the Dark Exemplar (a game that has been in development since 1997, by some accounts) is threatening to file a trademark dispute with Kickstarter if developer OmniConnection does not shut down its crowdfunding campaign for its similarly named game, Grimoire.

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Is It Legal to Use One Trademark to Describe Another Product?

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting reprint of a blog post by Zachary Strebeck over at Gamasutra attempts to explain whether someone can get away with using someone else's trademark in marketing their own games. For example, would it be legal to say that your game is "like DOOM with a bit of Oblivion and Borderlands mixed in?"

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Rovio Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Young Star Toys & Gifts

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rovio Entertainment has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Young Star Toys & Gifts et al. claiming that the company is selling "counterfeit knockoffs" based on its popular Angry Birds games and characters.

The lawsuit was filed on July 22 in the California Central District Court against the Vernon, California-based company and its president Brian Yang (who is also the agent in residence, which means he deals with all legal issues including lawsuits).

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Nordic Games Owns 'THQ' Trademark

June 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nordic Games wants a recognizable name to put its brand under, and seeing that many of its new brands were bought during the THQ bankruptcy auction, it only makes sense that the publisher would snap up the actual company. Nordic Games says it has every intention of bringing back the THQ name as a label - mostly so they can stop hearing about how nobody knows who they are.

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Honda Jet Removed from 'FlightGear' After Trademark Complaint

June 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The open sourced flight simulation game FlightGear has been around on the most popular PC operating systems since 1997. It is frequently updated too, with new aircraft added once in awhile. But one aircraft won't be in the game any longer, thanks to Honda. Honda decided to send a takedown request last week to the makers of the game related to the inclusion of one of its jets. The company told the makers of the game that including it was an infringement of its trademarks.

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Wizards of the Coast Sues 'Hex: Shades of Fate' Makers

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering owner Wizards of the Coast has filed a lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment and Hex Entertainment related to their digital card game Hex: Shards of Fate. According to the lawsuit the digital collectible card game is a clone of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering.

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King Settles Trademark Disputes With 'CandySwipe' and 'The Banner Saga' Makers

April 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled two of its most prominent trademark disputes - one with The Banner Saga developer Stoic Studio and the other with CandySwipe developer Albert Ransom. Both developers acknowledged on their respective web sites that they have worked out their problems with King.

Stoic was in a dispute with King over using the term "Saga" in the title of its game, while Candy Swipe developer Albert Ransom was disputing King's trademark claims because his game's release predated the release of Candy Crush Saga.

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3DRealms to Gearbox: 'We Still Own Duke Nukem'

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics staff

In its ongoing lawsuit over the rights to Duke Nukem, 3D Realms has responded to Gearbox Software's trademark violation lawsuit by claiming that it still owns the license to the franchise. The studio is currently preparing to release Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, a top-down action game starring the familiar gaming hero.

Last month Gearbox announced it would sue 3D Realms and Mass Destruction developer Interceptor Entertainment for allegedly using the IP it claims it owns without permission.

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'Cut The Rope' Developer Challenges King's 'Candy' Trademark in Europe

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based 'Cut the Rope' developer ZeptoLab has filed an official challenge to King's "Candy" trademark in Europe. The company filed its official challenge to the broad trademark on March 20. In the European Union, King still has an active trademark registration for Candy that covers video games, video game services, and clothing. ZeptoLab is strongly objecting to this in that region, noting that no company should holds the rights to such a broad and commonly used term such as "Candy."

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Candy Crush Dev Withdraws Trademark Application For 'Candy'

February 25, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

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:

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Poll Results: Will King be in Nominated for 'Worst Company of the Year'?

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 89

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Trademark Attorney: King Would Be 'Mad' Not to Protect 'Candy' Trademark

February 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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USPTO Lists Shenmue Trademark as Cancelled

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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IGDA Comments on King's Ongoing Trademark Battles

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 88

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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CandySwipe Developer Claims King Bought a Game to Invalidate His Trademark

February 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Someone Files Fake 'Express Abandonment' on Watch Dog Trademark, Ubisoft Fights Back

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Poll Results: King's Candy Trademark

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 85

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Poll: Should the Maker of Candy Crush Have Been Able to Trademark the Word 'Candy'?

January 23, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

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.

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E. Zachary KnightNot sure on that specific. But It is slightly annoying, but it can help to clairfy on occasion.04/21/2015 - 10:13am
IvresseCan I just ask out of curiousity why people repeat the title in their shout when it clearly states it in the URL?04/21/2015 - 9:07am
E. Zachary KnightI would say that is true. It drives me nuts when games are patched. The closer the patch is to launch, the worse it is.04/21/2015 - 9:06am
PHX Corphttp://www.npr.org/2015/04/19/400829880/when-video-games-are-patched-gamers-lose-trust-in-reviews When Video Games Are 'Patched,' Gamers Lose Trust In Reviews04/21/2015 - 9:03am
IvresseWell Totalbiscuit's port report video was positively glowing about it...04/21/2015 - 4:05am
MattsworknameHey, slightly off topic, but, anyone got a good sugestion for a flight stick for elite dangerous?04/21/2015 - 12:38am
Matthew Wilson@pm intreasting the gta5 port was already good from what I have read.04/20/2015 - 9:32pm
Papa Midnighthttp://www.pcgamer.com/gta-5-pc-patch-reduces-cpu-usage/04/20/2015 - 9:00pm
PHX Corp@zippy I'm Probaly going to Warn my uncle who is a techie that it may come out at the end of july04/20/2015 - 8:45pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy I want windows 10 badly, but that is because I am stuck on 8.1 yuk. that being said the new dx12 looks very good, and the reported performance gain from it.04/20/2015 - 8:00pm
ZippyDSMleeMy body is readY! http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2015/04/20/amd-microsoft-to-launch-windows-10-at-the-end-of-july04/20/2015 - 7:54pm
PHX CorpI may have posted this before but a leaked email from Sony pictures has the MPAA written all over it http://www.extremetech.com/computing/203654-leaked-sony-emails-show-mpaas-opposition-to-fair-use-confirms-users-are-viewed-as-thieves04/20/2015 - 4:53pm
Mattsworknameyet another reason the DMCA should be dismantled and rewritten04/20/2015 - 4:41pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy that is worse than the ESA thing.04/20/2015 - 4:26pm
ZippyDSMlee0-o good luck with that car companies, http://www.autoblog.com/2015/04/20/automakers-gearheads-car-repairs/04/20/2015 - 4:07pm
Andrew EisenYes, hence my subsequent shout.04/20/2015 - 3:15pm
Matthew Wilsonwhile the article itself isnt that great, but the point is still valid.04/20/2015 - 3:14pm
Andrew EisenProfessionals do need to be mindful of what they say on social media though. That's true.04/20/2015 - 3:11pm
Andrew EisenWell, it was almost a decent article from Techraptor. Some day. Some day...04/20/2015 - 3:09pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://techraptor.net/content/gamings-pr-problem both game devs and pr people alike need to to keep in mind, when your on twiter you are also representing the company you work for.04/20/2015 - 2:39pm
 

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