Bethesda v. Mojang [Updated]

Bethesda v. Mojang [Updated]

Early today it seems that the battle for patents are still raging between companies, and it seems it finally reachedMojang too. If you don't know what I mean by "Battle for Patents" then let me direct you to what is going on between some of the major companies in the past few days.They've been haveargumentsandquarrelsabout how Google didn't join Microsoft in wanting to have a certain patent, being it would heavily limit future plans withAndroid. Anyway,Bethesda sent a letter to Majong, which states that their other game Scrolls, whichinfringes on their trademark of Elder Scroll V: Skyrim. The letter being 15 pages long,roughly states that the the name has the same common brand elements andcommon commercial origin, which could confused between the two. They then use examples likeSuper Mario and Warcraft to help 'prove their point'. Later Notch posted on his blog about thesuingfrom Bethesda for the name Scrolls.
A while later, out of the blue, we got contacted by Bethesda’s lawyers. They wanted to know more about the “Scrolls” trademark we were applying for, and claimed it conflicted with their existing trademark “The Elder Scrolls”. I agree that the word “Scrolls” is part of that trademark, but as a gamer, I have never ever considered that series of (very good) role playing games to be about scrolls in any way, nor was that ever the focal point of neither their marketing nor the public image. Source  
Now as said, this is from the financial area ofBethesda which is doing this. Notch commented about it none-the-less early with a optimistic stance about the situation.

Joking aside between the members of Mojang, this doesn't seem like this will something of great importance to them. Update 1: Seems Notch will write a personal blog statement about the situation later in the day. Update 2:http://notch.tumblr.com/post/8519901309/bethesda-are-suing-us-heres-the-full-story Will keep you updated.

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