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King resolves trademark disputes

King resolves trademark disputes

Thu 17 Apr 2014 6:56pm GMT / 2:56pm EDT / 11:56am PDT
Legal

CandySwipe, Banner Saga devs reach agreements in separate issues with Candy Crush Saga creator

Earlier this year, Candy Crush Saga maker King came under fire from various camps over its assertion of trademark rights to words like "candy" and "saga." Some of that criticism has since been quieted, as the developers of CandySwipe and The Banner Saga have recently announced their disagreements with King have been addressed.

On the same page where Runsome Apps founder Albert Ransom once denounced King for the way it asserted trademark rights over CandySwipe, the developer yesterday replaced those complaints with a note of a very different tone.

"I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they are withdrawing their counterclaim against mine," the statement reads. "I have learned that they picked the Candy Crush name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away. Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players."

Meanwhile, on Stoic's site, the developer posted an update on its own issues, saying, "Stoic is pleased to have come to an agreement with King regarding Stoic's The Banner Saga trademark, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks now and in the future."

4 Comments

Edward Buffery
Pre-production Manager

148 96 0.6
Phew! Nice to read a positive story about trademark shenanigans and legal disputes for a change. I wonder how it all went down behind the scenes...

Posted:3 months ago

#1

Abhimanyu Kumar
Associate Product Manager

6 9 1.5
Same here Edward.

Posted:3 months ago

#2

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

765 574 0.8
A good ending. But that doesn't take away the (in my opinion) unprofessional and overaggressive behavior displayed by King in the beginning.

Posted:3 months ago

#3

Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

427 403 0.9
There is no justice when justice can be bought.

Posted:3 months ago

#4

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