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Candy Crush Developer Sets its Sights on The Banner Saga with Trademark Opposition

by on January 21, 2014 3:56 PM 15

Today we reported about Candy Crush developer King.com setting its sights on the titles of the games of smaller studios after trademarking the word “Candy,” but that’s not all, as found by NeoGaf user Xater.

King also filed an opposition document against indie developer Stoic’s recently released and increasingly popular tactical RPG The Banner Saga, citing its own trademarks including the word “saga” as a base for oppposition due to potential confusion.

According to our research, King.com registered a whopping 84 trademarks including the word “saga” in the US, in the European Union and in Mexico. It’s also worth mentioning that they did file to trademark the “saga” word by itself, but only for class 41, which is related to the following:

Provision of computer games on line or by means of a global computer network; providing interactive multi-player computer games via the internet and electronic communication networks; multimedia publishing of computer game software and video games software; providing on-line computer games; entertainment, namely, providing on-line computer games.

The “Saga” trademark filed by King.com does not include class 9, which is the one used for video games in general. Since The Banner Saga is not an online game and its trademark is filed only under class 9, the “Saga” trademark filed by King.com should not be a valid reason for opposition, but trademark laws are murky territory, so we have no way to know how this will end for now.

We have reached out to Stoic and King.com for a comment on the issue and we’ll keep you updated on possible developments.

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  • ragingmerifes

    Now that’s just silly.

  • dskhury

    I already hated the game, now i must hate the company

    • http://www.dualshockers.com/ Dianna Lora

      Seriously, what are they DOING?

      • bowserslovechild

        Being greedy, it would seem. Who the f*** grated all these copyrights??

  • dskhury

    Besides, that´s a bit silly… Candy Crush is a silly ripoff of Bejeweled…

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  • http://tokyodan.tumblr.com/ Tokyo Dan

    Burn down King’s damn studio!

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Yeah, because the first thing that comes to mind when I think of either ‘candy’ or ‘saga’ will be Candy Crush Saga.

    Who, in their right mind, would confuse both of these games due to the word ‘saga’ in it? Beggars belief. Seriously, some companies get tipsy off the success of one title and now think they can file trademarks over individual generic words that have no strong association to the brand whatsoever. This ain’t Mario, son!

    Never played The Banner Saga but I hope nothing happens to them over something so trivial.

  • Mildra

    anyone else getting tim “edge” langdell flashbacks?

  • Niro

    I honestly don’t see how this will hold up in court. There’s precedence for being unable to copyright a single word in a title. Look at Bethesda v. Mojang. Mojang won that.

    • Charybdisjim

      They settled, the result being that Mojang agreed to license the use of “scrolls” for one game and not use it after that. It was effectively a cessation of hostilities agreement, with Bethesda walking away with some slightly stronger claim to the mark than it had going in.

  • Charybdisjim

    The USPTO suspended the efforts of King.com to seek trademark protection of the word “saga” back in December, but they’ll try to wring some cash out of it before it gets a final denial nonetheless.

  • PegasusOrgans

    Amerikkka is a broken, disease ridden whore of a tyrant that has a parasitical grasp on the world. Only in the broken, twisted dreams of a nation fed on large, humanoid mice and LSD can this madness ever grow. Truly, the USA is the birthplace of the craziest human beins in all of history. Sure, you can say Hitler and Stalin were not from the USA, but at least they didn’t try to claim use of common words and sue people over it. There is a certain level of evil that can only be bred there… this just… how can this be allowed?! How can this idiotic bullshit ever be taken seriously?! You guys jail pot heads but reward those that nearly caused the entire collapse of the financial system back in ’08. Madness.

  • Laurent Andrivot

    Dozens of video games (since 1984) already use the word ‘SAGA’ in their title… King.com can’t can’t prove its anteriority with Candy Crush Saga and SHOULD (in a world where justice would not only be a world with nop meaning) be rejected by any judge with an whit of integrity. If they want to use the word as a ‘trademark’ for their game, they should chose a world which was not already used for a game title…

    Robotech the Macross Saga(2002), Romancing Saga (4 episodes beetween 1992 and 2005), Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga (2000), Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998), The Granstream Saga (1997), Legaia 2: Duel Saga (2002), Star Saga: One – Beyond the Boundary (1988), Star Saga: Two – The Clathran Menace (1989), Crimson Gem Saga (2008), Culdcept Saga (2008), Bit.Trip Saga (2011), Sigma Star Saga (2005), The 7th Saga (1993), Unbound Saga (2009), Puffy’s Saga (1989), Metal Saga (2005), Mars Saga (1988), SaGa Frontier (1997), SaGa Frontier 2 (1999), Unlimited Saga (2003), Romancing SaGa (2005). Saga (2008), Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (1997), Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga (1996), Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga (2010), The Saga of Erik the Viking (1984), Saga: Rage of the Vikings (1998), Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (2007)….

  • Barbarian_bros

    Dozens of video games (since 1984) already use the word ‘SAGA’ in their title… King.com can’t can’t prove its anteriority with Candy Crush Saga and SHOULD (in a world where justice would not only be a world with nop meaning) be rejected by any judge with an whit of integrity. If they want to use the word as a ‘trademark’ for their game, they should chose a world which was not already used for a game title…

    Robotech the Macross Saga(2002), Romancing Saga (4 episodes beetween 1992 and 2005), Baldur’s Gate: The Original Saga (2000), Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998), The Granstream Saga (1997), Legaia 2: Duel Saga (2002), Star Saga: One – Beyond the Boundary (1988), Star Saga: Two – The Clathran Menace (1989), Crimson Gem Saga (2008), Culdcept Saga (2008), Bit.Trip Saga (2011), Sigma Star Saga (2005), The 7th Saga (1993), Unbound Saga (2009), Puffy’s Saga (1989), Metal Saga (2005), Mars Saga (1988), SaGa Frontier (1997), SaGa Frontier 2 (1999), Unlimited Saga (2003), Romancing SaGa (2005). Saga (2008), Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (1997), Wing Commander: The Kilrathi Saga (1996), Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga (2010), The Saga of Erik the Viking (1984), Saga: Rage of the Vikings (1998), Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (2007)….

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