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Doodle Jump dev demands other 'doodle' games rename

Hundreds of iOS titles potentially threatened by Lima Sky trademark

Doodle Jump developer Lima Sky has been informing studios that also use 'doodle' in their product titles that they are in violation of its trademark.

In a situation which apparently echoes that of the notorious Tim Langdell and his ultimately failed attempts to claim trademark of the word 'edge', a number of developers have received demands from Lima Sky and Apple that they must alter the games' titles or face being pulled from the App Store.

Said Doodle Monster studio Robots Vs Wizards, "Well after a full year it looks like using the word "Doodle" violates Lima Sky's copyright... We can't really debate it.

"In the Apple world they can pull your app just from mere implication. There is no proving you are right or wrong. Apple can simply remove an app based on Lima Sky's implication."

However, the developer changed his mind about renaming Doodle Monster following claims by another studio, Acceleroto, that Lima Sky may have misinterpreted its own patent.

"Igor [Pusenjak, Lima Sky founder] is flexing a muscle that he doesn't have," said Acceleroto's Bryan Duke. "I have a game called Doodle Hockey in the App Store. I've been extremely quiet about this, but I have been in a trademark opposition battle with Lima Sky over it for the past several months."

Duke established that Lima Sky owns the trademarks for Doodle Jump (USPTO Serial Number 77969334 and Registration Number 3870107), registered on November 2, 2010, plus a 'design-only' trademark for its main character.

However, "Lima Sky does not own the trademark for the word 'doodle'... Every lawyer I've spoken with thinks Igor doesn't have a leg to stand on here."

Duke also notes that "Doodle Jump wasn't the first application in the iPhone App Store that contained "doodle" in the title," while games on other platforms using the contentious term in their names have existed since 1997.

Pocketgamer.biz solicited somewhat contradictory statements from Lima Sky, the studio initially claiming "We are required by USPTO to monitor and police our trade marks. If we don't, we lose them."

In a follow-up, Pusenjak later stated that "We are not claiming ownership of the trademark for 'doodle'... More to come."

Over 730 App Store submissions using the word 'doodle' in their names have been approved to date. It is unknown as yet how many, and which specifically, of these Lima Sky intends to target.

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Latest comments (9)

Antony Carter Senior Programmer, Epic Games8 years ago
Although its clear some of these apps will be trying to piggy back the success of doodle jump, by tricking consumers into thinking there app is the same brand, there is certainly no way that they can copyright the word doodle, as the article states they weren't event the first app on the store to have doodle in the title, never mind games in general across any platform.
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Lima Sky is 100% wrong on this. They only have the rights to the full "Doodle Jump", or possibly other titles that sound very similar (i.e. "Doodles Jumpy", etc). They have no rights to the word "Doodle". They are wasting their money on this legally...
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Adrian Cummings Founder and Owner, Mobile Amusements8 years ago
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James Poole Managing Director, Sarcastic Hedgehog Ltd8 years ago
And there I was, just about to release "Doodle Edge"
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 8 years ago
@James,

Its a Doodled Edge sword... :D
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Nathan Madsen Composer-Sound Designer 8 years ago
Reminds me of when Paris Hilton tried to copyright the phrase "that's hot." Doubtful that Lima Sky LLC is actually going to pull this one off.
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Jon Wetherall Managing Director, Onteca Ltd8 years ago
Be careful with your analogies, Paris Hilton won $700,000 ish from Hallmark for the "that's hot" trademark violation
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Doodly doo Doodled Doodle
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Michael Millea Game Developer 8 years ago
Doodle Monster Studios confuses copyright protection with trademark protection. I seriously doubt that Doodle Jump will be able to bring a successful trademark infringement lawsuit against games using doodle in the title. The word "doodle" is descriptive in any event and probably can't be trademarked. I'm sure some lawyers will make money.
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