Apple v Amazon over the ‘App Store’

Last week news broke that Apple is taking legal action against Amazon over the latter’s forthcoming opening of its “Appstore for Android“.  Apple argued it constituted trade mark infringement of its well known iOS “App Store“. I spoke with Pocketgamer.biz about what all this means – here’s the article reproduced below: “Apple’s move to block Amazon’s… Continue reading Apple v Amazon over the ‘App Store’

Demystifying Trade Marks and Games

Trade marks are one of the most important ways to protect a game legally, but they are frequently misunderstood – as much through ignorance as anything else.  So, this post explains what trade marks are, what they do, when you can protect them and when you can’t. Usual caveat applies: this post just signposts some of the key… Continue reading Demystifying Trade Marks and Games

Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

I wrote earlier this month about the Legal Battle Brewing Over DOTA, a popular free to play Warcraft 3 mod which Valve is now planning to revamp and release commercially.  I said in that post that I think the fact that the DOTA IP is split across multiple developers means that we will see legal… Continue reading Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

UPDATE: Now Blizzard have begun to get involved a little more actively in the DOTA matter, which raises the stakes on the trademark front – see more from me on that here. So, Valve announced DOTA 2 yesterday.  This is of course a sequel (of sorts) to the wildly popular Warcraft III custom map, Defense of the… Continue reading Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

Last month, news emerged that Blizzard will introduce an homage to Popcap’s hit game Plants vs Zombies in the forthcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm.   Apparently there will be a Plants v Zombies themed quest chain in the game, including the ability to…well, fight zombies with plants.  It seems that Popcap had collaborated closely with… Continue reading Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

Langdell v EA, Part 2

I wrote last week about the Tim Langdell/Edge Games’ lawsuit against EA over a range of “Edge”-related trademarks, in which Mr Langdell took a beating to put it lightly.  Here’s a few updates since then: Rob Crossley at Develop reports that Edge Games is also involved in a legal dispute with Future Publishing, publisher of Edge… Continue reading Langdell v EA, Part 2

Langdell v EA: what the lawsuit really means

It was revealed today that Tim Langdell, the man behind Edge Games, has comprehensively lost his lawsuit claiming that EA had infringed his “EDGE” trademarks when it released “Mirror’s Edge”.   The case is one of a number of recent attempts by Langdell to protect these alleged trademarks – all of which are thrown into serious question… Continue reading Langdell v EA: what the lawsuit really means

Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

Digital Chocolate is suing fellow social games developer Zynga in the US over Zynga’s game Mafia Wars.  Digital Chocolate, which released its own Mafia Wars cell-phone game in 2004 (5 years before Zynga’s Mafia Wars), argues that it owns the rights in Mafia Wars and that Zynga has knowingly infringed those rights.  Digital Chocolate claims that Zynga has “falsely… Continue reading Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars