Oh, the absurdity: iOS games with titles containing the word "memory" may be pulled from the App Store

Oh, the absurdity: iOS games with titles containing the word
Stuff like this really makes you question the way trademarks are awarded to entities these days. According to a report from gaming site Gamasutra, Apple is in the process of warning iOS developers that in case the titles of their games contain the word "memory," they might soon be pulled from the App Store.

It turns out that German casual game maker Ravensburger is in control of the rights for the word "memory" when it's in relation to games. What's more, the trademark has been awarded to the company in an impressive number of countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and many others. According to the source, the ban for other dev studios to use the work is to be enforced by the end of the year.

Are we the only ones who find this incredibly stupid? We can understand the right to trademark names like "Angry Birds," but to let someone trademark ordinary words such as "angry" or "birds"... or "memory" seems very weird to us.

via: Electronista

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20 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

As u said... " incredibly stupid"

16. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

What also is incredibly stupid is all the patents apple files and gets awarded, like a 'rectangular device with rounded corners'... and 'slide to unlock'.. and 'clickable links in email' and soo many more useless apple patents, apple deserves none of these and like regualr companies, google and Microsoft, they don't even bother filing for such nonsense, let alone attack, sue and try to pilage with such silliness. The entire system is broke BUT craple is the company leading the way in their attempts to stifle competition by elimination rather than simply being better and outselling their competition.

17. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Oh now Apple gets it...Trademarking trivial stuff is STUPID no matter who does it!

2. young0ne

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

yeah come on we let companies here do it AKA APPLE. So don't complain about it.

3. wendygarett unregistered

What? If I wanna download the 'sweet memory February' then turn to 'sweet February' ?? Sad :(

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds like silly season just opened. I wonder which is more 'broken' - patents or trademarks?

5. Aeires unregistered

All the developers should rename their apps to have memory in the name as an ultimate FU to the patent office and this company that was arrogant enough to submit the application for the patent.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

From now on, no game, app, or tool will have any name at all. Sorry, but this just makes things easier legally. Also, it is the judgment of the legal system that cell phones must be made without any shape, either. That will prevent hurting any protections from violating those phones that came before you. Also, beginning in 2013, phones cannot be releases in the colors blue, red, Grey, yellow, purple, magenta, lavender (which my wife swears is different from magenta), and silver to prevent any of these shapeless-masses from violating any of the precedents from devices that came before them. There is currently a second judgment coming on black and white, as legal teams are currently arguing if they are colors or the absence of colors. This has been scheduled to be decided after the legal brief that will rule on the idea of there being noise or not if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around. Enjoy your mobile experience. The legal world is hear to protect. Sleep well.

8. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

It is just too bad that this will have more impact on the developers than on Apple itself. And if Apple whines, well, they can just take their own whole shtick and put it where the light don't shine.

10. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Easy, just change the word to "remembrance" or to "retentive". oh and devs, put inside your code a F*CK YOU .I. to Ravensburger for all of us.

11. Don_Quixote

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Apple? Windows?

12. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

it's time the world should boycot Apple. This is to much....

13. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Let me guess.. apple do not want to have their users increase their IQ... wow... what a good way to ''control'' the iiiiiShaaeeps.....

14. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

DID YOU KNOW *400,000 out of 650,000 apps on ios is not downloaded, not even once in its whole life. *there are 1,890 flashlight apps on ios store... and counting... hahaha what a waste. only having the concept of quantity over quality.. you can search articles to know this is true.. i think there is on ijailbreak.com

15. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

no difference from someone patenting a rectangle

18. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I wll use the word memory a lot from now on. It is completely absurd they can patent this word. Does Oxford or Merriam-Webster have to pay them for the rights to put the word "memory" in the Dictionary?

19. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

smh...

20. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

This is what happens when companies run out of ideas and creativity.

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Isn't "Apple" or "Windows" trademarked? If yes then what's wrong with Memory? Or it is wrong just ebcause it's someone from outside world?

22. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I would have agree Ray S. I put this in the same folder as giving a company a patent for a square with rounded corners.

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