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Drama Ensues With King’s “Candy” Trademark
As has been well documented over the past few months, successful mobile developer King, which is known for Candy Crush, filed a trademark for the word “Candy.” This means no other developer can use this particular word in the title of their game. This created a great deal of controversy for King, so much so that they had to publish an open letter explaining their actions.
The drama is still continuing it seems. Albert Ransom, President (Founder) of Runsome Apps Inc., wrote a letter to King sarcastically thanking them saying, “Congratulations on your success!” Ransom developed a game back in 2010 titled CandySwipe, in memory of his late Grandmother, that drastically resembles King’s Candy Crusher Saga, which was released in 2012. Ransom claims that King’s trademark purchase allowed them to get away with copyright infringement.
“However, your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me,” he writes.
Elsewhere in his letter, Ransom attributes King for taking away his most successful game ever, and plaguing his financial future.
“I hope you’re happy taking the food out of my family’s mouth when CandySwipe clearly existed well before Candy Crush Saga,” he exclaimed.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office backs Ransom’s claims, as it can clearly be seen that King has decided to cancel CandySwipe’s trademark. The opposition is still pending for King, but it looks likely they’ll win the claim.
Ransom provided a link that summarizes the confusion between both games pretty well, which further fuels Ransom’s argument.