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

Games law update, October 2012

Hi everyone – I’m sorry there’s been a few months gap since the last games law update, but it’s been pretty busy in my personal life and I’m afraid my assiduous squirreling away of useful links for you suffered.  Here’s October 2012 in brief to help make amends…

Don’t leave money on the (legal) table

When you’re contracting with someone else, think wider than your product’s immediate revenue stream potential. That’s what I want to write about in this post. We see too many contracts where the product owner is partnering up with another guy without thinking as far as he/she could about what the value they’re giving away. Let’s say… Continue reading Don’t leave money on the (legal) table

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