Zynga wins Scramble With Friends lawsuit, but logo must change

By Dave Cook, Monday, 4 November 2013 08:59 GMT

Zynga has fended off Scrabble manufacturer Mattel over the name ‘Scramble With Friends.’ The name of the tile-based word app was said to veer too close to Mattel’s board game, but a high court judge has ruled in favour of the social game company, although it must now change the game’s logo.

The BBC reports that Farmville studio Zynga was deemed victorious by High Court Justice Peter Smith, who stressed that the Scramble logo looks too similar to the word ‘Scrabble,’ thanks to its oddly-shaped ‘M’.

He said it, “gives the impression that the word is Scrabble when one looks at it quickly and has the propensity to confuse.”

What do you think?

Regarding the logo change, Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz said, “We are pleased that the English High Court today affirmed Mattel’s request for an injunction against Zynga, finding that the similarities between their Scramble With Friends logo and Mattel’s intellectual property likely would confuse the public into thinking they were in fact downloading Scrabble. We are, however, disappointed that the court did not rule that Zynga should cease using the Scramble name, which Mattel intends to appeal.”

Zynga did not comment.

What do you make of the above then?

Via GI.biz.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Comments

Headlines

Mattel

Mattel Vs Zynga

Scrabble

  • Hasbro Family Game Night is this weeks Live Deal of the Week

    Nelson‘s announced that this week’s Live Deal of the Week is Hasbro Family Game Night. Once 800 MS points, Battleship, Connect 4, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Boggle and Sorry Sliders will retail for 400 MS points for this week. Queue it here. Remember: Gold members only.

  • PopCap and EA announce upcoming DSi and DS titles

    Looks like EA and Popcap are planning to release downloadable games on DSi. Popcap’s Bookworm will land this month, and Bejeweled Twist in mid-October while Bookworm for DS will launch December 1 and Bejeweled Twist during Q1 of 2010. EA’s Scrabble and Littlest Pet Shop are coming this fall, while MySims and Sudoku were released […]