SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 25, 2014) - ZeptoLab UK, Ltd., creator of the popular mobile game franchise Cut the Rope®, has begun the process of cancelling King.com's registration of "candy" in the European Union by submitting an official claim in London on March 20th. In doing so, ZeptoLab aims to allow game developers and others to freely use the term "candy" to refer to any games that may include candy.
King.com currently has a trademark registration for "candy" in the European Union that covers video games, video game services, and clothing such as t-shirts. To extend this monopoly, King.com is using the registration in Europe as a basis to file trademark applications for "candy" in numerous other countries. Although they withdrew their trademark application for "candy" in the United States in February, registration in the EU remains active. If ZeptoLab's legal filing is successful, all applications for the registration of "candy" based upon the European Union registration will be dissolved.
"Candy is an integral part of the Cut the Rope franchise," said ZeptoLab CEO Misha Lyalin, "And we do not support King.com trademarking and preventing others from using it."
ZeptoLab UK Limited is a global gaming and entertainment company best known for developing the award-winning, hit franchise Cut the Rope®, which includes Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments and Cut the Rope: Time Travel, available across platforms and devices, and Cut the Rope 2, now available for iOS and Android. Cut the Rope games have been downloaded more than 400 million times by users around the world since the game's debut in October 2010. The company has also released the games Parachute Ninja™, available for iOS, and Pudding Monsters™, which can be downloaded on Android and iOS platforms. For more information, please visit www.zeptolab.com.
ZeptoLab, Cut the Rope, Om Nom, Nommies and Feed with Candy are the trademarks of ZeptoLab UK Limited. TM/© 2014 ZeptoLab UK Limited.