Nintendo and Cartamundi Resolve Pokémon Shuffle Legal Dispute
Last year Cartamundi Services NV, a playing card company, filed a trademark dispute against Nintendo for the latter’s Pokémon Shuffle due to the use of the word “Shuffle” in the title. However, that dispute has been resolved without further arbitration.
As of April 11th, 2016, they have completely withdrawn oppositions of Nintendo’s marks:
US Serial Number 86502847, Pokémon Shuffle for Downloadable electronic game programs; downloadable electronic video game software; electronic game programs; electronic game software; video game programs; video game software; all of the aforementioned excluding card-related games.
US Serial Number 86502847, Pokémon Shuffle for Protective carrying cases for hand-held video game systems; toy figures; hand-held video game machines; hand-held units for playing electronic games; plush toys; puzzles; toy action figures; balloons; toy balls; toy key chains; all of the aforementioned excluding card-related games.
Cartamundi previously stated that the use of the word Shuffle damages their own brand of mobile games, meaning that the company would have had to prove that their own use of the word was “suggestive” or “arbitrary” rather than descriptive.
The agreement they ended up reaching is that Nintendo can use its mark for all goods except card-related games.