Candy Crush Saga settles dispute with CandySwipe “amicably”

Banner Saga developer Stoic has also reached an agreement with King.

The independent developer of CandySwipe is withdrawing its opposition to King’s Candy Crush Saga after initially accusing the mobile developer of copying its game.

Back in February, after King pursued copyright claims against games with the word “candy” or “saga” in their titles, president of Runsome Apps Albert Ransom wrote an open letter that pointed out the similarities between his game, CandySwipe, and Candy Crush Saga, which was released two years after CandySwipe.

"When you attempted to register your trademark in 2012, I opposed it for 'likelihood of confusion' (which is within my legal right) given I filed for my registered trademark back in 2010 (two years before Candy Crush Saga existed),” Ransom said. “Now, after quietly battling this trademark opposition for a year, I have learned that you now want to cancel my CandySwipe trademark so that I don't have the right to use my own game's name."

Ransom alleged that King purchased the rights to a game called Candy Crusher, which allowed it to challenge his own trademark containing Candy.

However, earlier this week, Ransom replaced the open letter posted to his website with the following message:

“I am happy to announce that I have amicably resolved my dispute with King over my CandySwipe trademark and that I am withdrawing my opposition to their mark and they are withdrawing their counterclaim against mine. I have learned that they picked the CANDY CRUSH name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away. Both our games can continue to coexist without confusing players.”

Back in March, The Banner Saga developer Stoic also said it reached an agreement with King, which enables both parties to protect their respective trademarks. King has since abandoned its efforts to trademark the word “candy.”

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93 comments
Pewbert
Pewbert

Well at least that didn't sound like he got paid a lot of money to pretend that everything is suddenly ok, and that they (King) had planned to use the name "Candy Crush" before his game was realeased. 

I mean, it all sounds perfectly reasonable. Yep. Nothing to see here. 

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

This almost sounds like a Flying Circus skit.

bejamshi
bejamshi

Seriously why do I need to hear a british accent?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

That's right, you f*cker! Stay away from my viking game or the only thing crushed here will be your skull!

jb34304
jb34304

You shouldn't be able to trademark the word "car", or "automobile" either. When is a well-known established word that people relate with to a certain product, companies have no ground when trademarking these IP's


Trolls....

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Awwwwww look: they're friends!

Now they can bug each other incessantly for lives.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

did you know that theres only 171'000 words in the Oxford dictionary?


you might think thats a lot to trademark...but it really isnt. 


theres 470'000 movies on the planet. Sure 171'000 words is a lot to move around and you can play around with many variations of those 171'000 words, but if we keep trademarking stuff like this, its going to be a real issue in 500 years time. Naming stuff is almost going to be impossible. All of your precious laws we create now (which most laws are just stupid and most laws we shouldnt even be taking seriously, like marajuana laws), is going to massively affect people many years after we are gone.


Jarten
Jarten

I'm not insinuating anything, but the way this all ended sounds like something that involves blackmail. After fighting for a whole year without having any proof of evidence from them about the rights he suddenly says "I have learned that they picked the CANDY CRUSH name before I released my game and that they were never trying to take my game away." Well if this is true why didn't they pull it out and reveal it before wasting a whole years worth of people's time and money? Just saying.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

So am I screwed?  I've been working on a game with a main character named "Swipe" who breaks up candy.  I was going to call it "Saga of Swipe: The Candy Crusher."  Do I have to like totally scrap that game now?

zintarr
zintarr

I am glad I have not give this King my money and I never will.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Someone needs to pull a Joffrey on this "King"

Hurvl
Hurvl

Well, isn't that nice? Everyone's getting along and are no longer fighting over something which is mind-bogglingly bizarre. To make it even better, this is announced during the Easter holiday, when people are stuffing their faces with candy and most probably crushing said candy.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

i have 1 question


What the fck is wrong with law makers?


cant they see that this is seriously bullsht, being able to trademark words? Or are these companies paying the lawmakers so much cash to write terrible laws that the lawyers are ruining society because of bribes?


Thus they dont seem to give a sht if they ruin society for the future generation long after we are gone, because theyll all be dead anyway.


I couldnt care less if 10 games had the word blade in them. Everyone should have to right to name anything they want ANYTHING they choose. If 20 games, 14 chocolate bars and 15 movies and 35 cartoons are called blade. Oh well, big deal. May the best Blade win. couldnt care less if its confusing for people.

Stebsis
Stebsis

Some day every word will be trademarked and people have to get names to their games and movies by randomly hitting the keyboard. I can't wait to play Agöibhdvbrf in 5 years.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@bejamshi  

What "british" accent? Jess is Australian you infant. Pull your head out of your arse, grow the fuck up & get an education, idiot.

videogameguy22
videogameguy22

Yeah

King dont make a fun game that will beat temple run 2

frenchtoastpat
frenchtoastpat

@nyran125tk  I doubt it will be a "real issue." 500 years from now our carbon emissions and pollutants are going to massively affect people many years after we are gone- not "precious" copyright laws.

Diaketh
Diaketh

@Demonkillua  Theoretically, yes. At least in the EU there have been trademarks consisting of only a single letter, (e.g. "A") that were deemed distinguishing enough in order to be granted trademark protection.


So given enough applications and assuming nobody would file an opposition against the applications, you could cover the entire alphabet. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Prometheus   Nah, I can't imagine how much was collected on legal fees on all this crap related to King.

Diaketh
Diaketh

@nyran125tk  Honestly mate you make it seem like trademark law is equivalent to pouring mercury into the oceans. 


Primarily a trademark gives a right to a proprietor to forbid others from using a specific name, image etc. in relation to a very specific kind of goods (e.g. clothes, or video games) in the course of trade. This is partly based on the need for consumers or other end users to be able to distinguish different goods from another, so that they are able to freely choose which product whilst being sure that it came from producer X.


So frankly, there is a great consumer/end user perspective in trademark law.  


I honestly fail to see how it furthermore ruins society for future generations. Trademark protection comes with a requirement of use, if it is not used within 5 or 10 years, the trademark is either cancelled automatically or can be subject to cancellation actions (depending on jurisdiction). So a trademark that isn't used will sooner or later lose its protection, enabling others to use that mark.


On the topic of King and candy I frankly think they wouldn't be able to get or hold the registered trademark for CANDY for long, given the concurrent use in so many different procuts. The same could likely be argued for BLADE in relation to games or films, if its too commonly used most jurisdictions will recognize that fact and as such it would either not be registered, or deemed to have a very narrow scope of protection.  

ziproy
ziproy

@nyran125tk  I will call my next game Star Wars:The Battle of Darth Vader, but in reality it's just me re-releasing the Snes game to stupid little 5 year olds who don't know better


That's why we need at least basic copy-right protection.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@nyran125tk You missed the last sentence where it says King has abandoned its efforts to trademark "Candy"

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

@Stebsis  sfsfsg lkks f jfnj rorkgo zjdj hthk hasmswp vvaadd hfysç fv gcsj lbdded dedfwspo sdlgvsdkjs hs fkf r lsfnsls pddd vjdgdd oopwqdm acapcm k paka mkkm pcdkacmçqeok   


( Im sorry, im from the far future, all words have been bought, not love though somehow the government doesn't approve buying the word love...and we are currently at war )

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

@Stebsis  


Have you heard about this great new game coming out?! You know bvhhfdsc i hear it's great!

noandno
noandno

@Stebsis  That's it, buddy. You're coming with me to the court!

golemoy
golemoy

@frenchtoastpatyou realize that a single volcano eruption emits more co2 than humanity in 100 years? watch more TV, it will get you far

neroist
neroist

@frenchtoastpat I'm not too sure about our carbon imprint as so much as pollutants. Do a search for

Vostok core samples and you will see that the earth natural cycles every 100k years and CO2 has been much higher before as well as the temp going down with CO2 rising. The warming has to do with wobble and orbit of the earth, melting the northern hemisphere. Not human influenced carbon imprint. While we can add to it. The sun, earths tilt, and south oceans release of methane and carbon is what you should be concerned about.

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

Really, I just want children in school to have to write their alphabet like, "A™, B™, C™...," and when they ask the teacher why they'll learn about my soon to be whatever it is that allowed me to trademark the alphabet.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Diaketh @Demonkillua  thats not a good thing. Whoever made up that stupid law, should be shot.

ziproy
ziproy

@spacecadet25 @Thanatos2k  That we need to poison this company and watch it die in it's own blood and mucus in front of it's whole community. Spoiler if you don't watch good tv or read books older than a decade 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Diaketh @nyran125tk  if a company could trademark a word they would and yes they very much WOULD own it and make damn sure no one else could use it. words isnt part of nature. Its not like an animal species or maybe it is. If as you say it will be replaced like we are replacable, you are speaking of nature and if we are talking nature. i dont think anything that we all use in nature should be owned by an individual through a law, in any way or form. That goes for words to. Anyone that thinks something in nature that we all use should be owned by an individual or group is either naive or a piece of sht.

xcollector
xcollector

@nazgoroth @StebsisBetter hurry up and play it. The sequel cwiigetd is out the day after. Funny how they incremented the name.