Sony has scored a somewhat fascinating—and barely weird—trademark victory within the UK. In 2018, Beijing Elex Expertise, a cellular sport developer behind video games comparable to Conflict of Kings, filed an software to trademark the identify “Lord of Conflict.” Later that 12 months, Sony filed a counterclaim, saying that “Lord of Conflict” was too much like its God of Conflict sequence and the trademark that had already been authorized since 2006. The UK Mental Property Workplace selected to aspect with Sony, awarding £1,800 and denying Beijing Elex Expertise the “Lord of Conflict” trademark.
Sony had a number of arguments as to why it fought the trademark, the largest being concern over individuals complicated it with God of Conflict. Sony famous that each titles have “the identical literal which means,” and was frightened that individuals would consider the sport was related to Sony not directly. Their most damning remark, nevertheless, was that “Lord of Conflict” would “journey the coat-tails of the opponent’s energy of attraction, status and status to use, with none effort of its personal, the advertising efforts of the opponent to create and keep the picture of the sooner mark.” Mainly, that using Lord of Conflict wouldn’t succeed by itself deserves, however on these of God of Conflict, subsequently diluting the notion of God of Conflict with what quantities to a knock-off. They do say that imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, in any case.
Trademark information has been taking place fairly a bit currently. Final 12 months there was fairly an uproar when it appeared that EA had chosen to desert the Skate trademark. Fortunately, followers of the sequence and Skate four hopefuls acquired to breathe a collective sigh of reduction when this ended up simply being an error on the reporter’s aspect. Extra lately, Capcom filed a trademark for Dino Disaster, leaving many hopeful that it is going to be bringing again one other of their traditional sequence, particularly after the success of the Resident Evil 2 remake. In a sort of hilarious, however completely anticipated transfer, Sony additionally trademarked PlayStation 6 by 10 in Japan.
[Source: World Intellectual Property Review]