The Saga of Banners And Candy

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King.com also did this for the word "candy," which resulted in the impromptu indie game jame #candyjam.http://itch.io/jam/candyjamNot to mention that it's almost palpably ironic for a company whose entire business is built on the back of a shitty Bejeweled clone to be going after developers for this sort of thing. I mean really.
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King.com's work was laughably bad anyway.
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Can I seriously ask what the fuck the deal is with Candy Crush? It seems like some spinoff of Bejeweled... What the hell is wrong with you people? Why do you play this game?
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I don't see how you could possible confuse The Banner Saga with Candy Crush Saga but good on King.com trying to rake in that lawsuit money.
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They should make a Candy Cane War game and then try to sue everything with War in the title.
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Why haven't King.com trademarked "shit game for retarded iphone users" because thats their target audience is it not?
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Troll patent best patent.Will the US wake the fuck up and stop allowing these patents? And the rest of the world to acknowledge US appointed patents and what not because the US is literally retarded when it comes to technical laws.
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You're overestimating King's target audience.
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Patents and trademarks, while similar, are different.
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My faith in humanity has NEVER been higher.
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Its a highly marketed Bejewelled type game. That's about it as far as I could tell. Persnally I'd rather play Dr. Mario.
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Please provide links to social media and review sites where we can denounce King.com and their wicked ways.Also, it's clearly high time somebody trademarked the word "the" and followed suit, if you'll pardon the pun.
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Clearly, Ynglaur's interests is in the greater good of all.
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I sure hope the developer of The Banner Saga would actually go raid King's premise, wearing viking helmets, wielding big-arse war banners and moving on a grid-by-grid basis.
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Who? Stoic? No they want "The Banner Saga" to be part of their trademark, not just on "saga".
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I asked him to educate me, he then laughed for a good twenty minutes because he knew less about trademark law than I do.
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I took internet bloviating in an online course. That counts, right?
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I'm pretty sure TMC needs KIng's permission to even mention the word saga in an article.
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Is this company owned by tim langdell? Jesus this is the most annoying thing I have seen from a developer since an old gaming clan I was in was sued for use of the word edge. (Edgegamers Organization, Edge Games gaming company)Why do we have to stop here, lets just trademark breathing and let someone just tax us for simply being alive.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... (Scroll down to the section marked trademark disputes)
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It is extremely expensive to defend against trademark disputes. What many less than scrupulous people will do is file a suit in certain counties in Texas. (Its a HUGE racket in certain parts of Texas where trademark laws are still stuck in 1930) Then try to settle with the person to "save them legal fees." Seeing as the defense probably cant afford the cost of court, they will settle thinking it only really affects a small area in Texas. What this does, however, is set a precedence. Once you have precedence, many Judges will roll over for you as they generally do not want to spend months/years in appeals courts with their Texan counterparts.Many trademark trolls will use this exact tactic to build up an empire off of royalties. If you want to see what someone can do with this check out a man named Tim Langdell. He had NICE paychecks before he tried to take on EA.
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No no, breathing is a process. You'd patent that.
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'murica
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It's video game crack. Do not start playing it, and prevent everyone you love from playing it.
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I have a patent on the iron lung ... I should be able to extend that to flesh lungs, amirite?
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Warcraft II: The dark saga
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This reminds me: I've been meaning to tell you guys some of your website ads when read on iOS devices will spam-open the App Store to the candy crush page even without any user action.I hope King.com aren't one of your advertisers?
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I've watched my girlfriend play and it's fucking terrible.
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Next up: Blizzard sues Wargaming for using the phrase, "World of...."
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Some people do that with crack as well, others become addicted. Good for you that you didn't become ensnared.
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Avatar is the Marathon logo, young grasshopper.

(Editor's Note: This is a combination news and op-ed piece; Hendrick is commenting on the firestorm surrounding King.com's aggressive litigation regarding its trademarks.)

Intellectual Property (IP), and the laws pertaining to and surrounding it, is a very tricky subject at times. This is mostly due to the laws and rights which get tacked on to the IP, to ensure the owner of the product is not losing money unjustly. Years of lawsuits and arguments are spent surrounding a single intellectual property that may be infringed upon by a non-licensed individual. What's silly about the whole process is that, in the United States, people can file trademark associated with generic words. 

This is the case when it comes to King.com, creators of Candy Crush Saga, who in 2011 attempted to file a trademark on "saga" when it comes to video game media. Since then, it has led to a slap fight between two development houses. So how does this affect other developers? King.com sent their legal departments to approach other developers who use the words "candy" - another trademark they own - or "saga" in a video game title and ask for proof that the product does not infringe upon King.com's products. Failure to provide evidence results in King.com requesting the other developer remove their service for sale. 

This procedure caused a public slapfight between two companies. The Banner Saga is finally out, but they now have to deal with King.com. In somewhat ironic circumstances, The Banner Saga's developers, the aptly named Stoic Studios, are now unable to create a sequel to their successful game due to King.com claiming they own the trademark of "saga" in a video game title. The Banner Saga, an RPG strategy game, is likely not to have a sequel because King.com claim exclusivity on the word "saga" in a video game title. Although King.com filed a claim against Stoic, King.com stated they're not trying to stop the studio from using the title Banner Saga. King.com claimed that they want to make sure anyone using "saga" in a title isn't infringing on King's IP and cause player confusion. These are the differences in the games in picture form:

Candy Crush Saga

The Banner Saga

The claim is being made that King.com's titles of Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and other products whose title has "Saga" at the end, are facing numerous clones in violation of King's trademark.

Hendrick Tallardar
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