Sudoku Trademark

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Sudoku Trademark

Postby simes » Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:17 am

Somebody just sent me this link ( Somebody in the USA is trying to trademark the word "Sudoku"!

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Re: Sudoku Trademark

Postby angusj » Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:38 am

simes wrote:Somebody in the USA is trying to trademark the word "Sudoku"!

Unless they're acting on behalf of Nikoli, they have a snowflake's chance in hell of succeeding.

See also:
Quote: "Sudoku" is Nikoli's registered mark in Japan. So, other companies call it "Number Place".

IANAL but Nikoli could have a reasonable case. However, the horse seems to have bolted and I think it'd now damage Nikoli's public image if they did enforce their trademark (assuming it was successfully registered).
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Postby dukuso » Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:03 am

it seems, that Nikoli has a trademark for "sudoku"
only in Japan.
I sent email to Nikoli, asking for clarification on 08-21,
no answer yet.

But IMO, this shows a flaw in current laws :
anyone who comes first can now trademark "sudoku"
in his country or even in different US-states(?)
..without having anything to do with sudoku or Nikoli

I think this situation is very unsatisfactory.

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