King Cancels Its "Candy" Trademark In The U.S.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) received a request from King for the express abandonment of its controversial trademark on the term "candy."

King has filed the application to trademark the word "candy" across a broad variety of products ranging from shower caps to videogames in February 2013. Once the trademark was approved in January 2014, King used it aggressively to block any other game that uses that word in its title.

Earlier this month, Ubisoft got its Watch Dogs trademark cancelled upon request from a prankster who claimed to be the company's CEO. However, this is not the case here as King has already confirmed the move.

"King has withdrawn its trademark application for 'candy' in the U.S., which we applied for in February 2013 before we acquired the early rights to Candy Crusher," a King representative confirmed. "Each market that King operates in is different with regard to IP. We feel that having the rights to Candy Crusher is the best option for protecting Candy Crush in the U.S. market. This does not affect our E.U. trademark for "candy" and we continue to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP."

A few days ago, Candy Swipe indie developer, Albert Ransom, accused King of purchasing Candy Crusher just to nullify his Candy Swipe trademark which was registered before "Candy Crush Saga" but after "Candy Crusher."

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Can't someone just firebomb

Can't someone just firebomb their office or something. This is just a bunch of bullshit to get recognized, and what judge thought it would be a good idea to allow a trademark of the word candy anyway? This whole thing is retarded.

How is a judge involved in

How is a judge involved in this? A patent office will patient anything you pay them to patent, but it doesn't mean what you are patenting is legal. Things that are common like "bank", "candy", "water" etc are generic names no one can hold a patent over to use to sue to gain monetary rights. It's against the law in the US, but I don't know about other countries patent laws.

Your post is so stupid it

Your post is so stupid it made me puke all over my keyboard. Clearly the guy didn't know that it is not a judge who will validate a patent. Also, clearly you can trademark a common word since King was able to do it for quite some time and others have done it before. Herpa derp flippity floppity floop.

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