Earlier this year, trademark applications and other actions taken by King.com in relation to CANDY, SAGA, and related trademarks resulted in adverse media coverage and a critical public statement from the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Because of the importance of trademark protection, as well as the possibility of trademark abuse, the members of the IGDA Business and Legal Special Interest Group (the "B&L SIG") have drafted this Position Statement using King.com's activities, and concerns raised in response to those activities, as a vehicle to help game developers gain a better understanding of trademarks and their appropriate use as an important form of intellectual property protection. We hope you find it interesting and enlightening.
Over an intensive 2-day period during Game Developers Conference (GDC), the Business Summit set out to establish a neutral forum that produced results in industry insiders' best interest. While it unmistakably provided attendees an opportunity to vent, most importantly, it was a forum to create solutions to high-level business issues, exchange ideas and best practices, and ultimately, help move the industry forward.