Zynga Wins Court Case Against Mattel

By Jared Scott on November 4, 2013, 10:41AM EDT

After a court case involving Zynga's Scramble With Friends and the Mattel company's Scrabble, Zynga has come out on top with only a few changes required by them of the judge's ruling. Not satisfied with the outcome, Mattel intends to appeal the case.

The case was raised after Mattel was concerned that Zynga's game too closely resembled the word Scrabble which is owned by Mattel. The popular toy company felt that the similarities of the words infringed on their product. The ruling judge, Justice Peter Smith, agreed that the words were similar to the point of confusing customers because of the design of the letter "m" in Scramble. However, he did not feel that it was enough to call it an infringement and instead ordered that Zynga simply change the game's logo, not the title's actual name. Unhappy with the outcome, Mattel feels that an appeal is necessary. For those unfamiliar with the term, appeal means that Mattel will have a higher court review the case in hopes that the decision will be overturned in their favor.

While court cases are never pretty, it looks like the battle between Zynga and Mattel will not end for quite some time.

Source: BBC News

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