Wednesday 16 November 2011


Memory is not only a famous song from the musical "cats" but furhter a well-known game (also known as concentration, Pelmanism, Shinkei-suijaku, Pexeso or simply Pairs) and - that is important here - a german trademark registered in the name of Ravensburger, a famous game manufacutrer. The registration applies to tangible games as well as to their computerized brethren.

Ravensburger has now sued Apple (as reported e.g. here)for trademark infringement by selling various games with names comprising "Memory" in Apple's AppStore.

Interestinly, the court reporter of the munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung notes that the judge has indicated not to cosider the AppStore as a platform comparable to e-bay but rather as a real shop not entitled to any alleviation of liability. I think this could cause big headaches to Apple and other owners of App Stores operating worldwide.

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