Some thoughts on game trademarks, King and Candy Crush

This blog (and Gamer/Law generally) represents my personal views, not that of my employer. The games press and sections of the games community has got hot under the collar (again) over trademark law.  This time around, it’s about news that King.com, maker of Candy Crush Saga and other games, is seeking to trademark ‘Candy’.  Cue lots… Continue reading Some thoughts on game trademarks, King and Candy Crush

Interplay’s gamble: the Fallout lawsuit continues

We now have confirmation that the lawsuit between Interplay and Bethesda over the Fallout IP has not been quietly settled (thanks to The Vault).  In fact, it seems to be hotting up. The story so far… Longtime readers will know this already from my previous posts (see here and here), but here goes: Interplay sold… Continue reading Interplay’s gamble: the Fallout lawsuit continues

Interplay and Bethesda quietly settle Fallout lawsuit?

For much of this year, Interplay and Bethesda have been at each other’s throats in a lawsuit over which of them owns the IP in the Fallout series of games (more on that here).  Earlier this year, Bethesda tried but failed to secure a preliminary injunction blocking Interplay from doing any further Fallout-related work, including… Continue reading Interplay and Bethesda quietly settle Fallout lawsuit?

Games Law History: the Tetris saga

Legal battles have been (and still are) integral to the development of the modern video games industry.  So, I thought that I’d write a periodic series of posts looking at major legal battles in the industry, kicking off with the Tetris saga between Nintendo and Atari, which started around this time in summer 1989.  A… Continue reading Games Law History: the Tetris saga

Fallout MMO details published – have Interplay and Bethesda done a deal?

Duck and Cover reports that Interplay have released a lot of new material on their Fallout MMO, named “Fallout: Online”, including a new website. I’ve discussed on this blog several times previously the lawsuit between Interplay and Bethesda with the future of the Fallout IP (including Interplay’s Fallout MMO project) at stake.  So far, there has been… Continue reading Fallout MMO details published – have Interplay and Bethesda done a deal?

Bethesa vs Interplay: the Fallout lawsuit isn’t over

Reports that Bethesda and Interplay have reached a settlement in their long-running US lawsuit over the Fallout series are incorrect.  All that has happened is that one element of the lawsuit has been dropped by Bethesda.  Until we hear differently from the companies themselves, the rest of the lawsuit seems very much alive. A quick… Continue reading Bethesa vs Interplay: the Fallout lawsuit isn’t over

Bethesda vs Interplay: Bethesda appeals over Fallout litigation

The Fallout litigation continues with Bethesda reportedly going to the US Court of Appeal over its claim for a preliminary injunction to restrain Interplay using the Fallout IP, including developing ‘Project V13’,  Interplay’s rumoured Fallout MMO.  Bethesda’s original claim for a preliminary injunction was rejected in December 2009 (our summary of the dispute is here).… Continue reading Bethesda vs Interplay: Bethesda appeals over Fallout litigation

News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)

We previously blogged about Interplay’s lawsuit against Bethesda regarding the Fallout series of games.  Now read on for another update in the ongoing litigation… To recap, Interplay sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in 2007 having retained certain rights, including the rights to develop a Fallout MMO.  Bethesda has now commenced this (US) lawsuit arguing that… Continue reading News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)