Take-Two launched patent disputes over the terms 'Rockstar,' 'Bully,' and 'It Takes Two'

midian182

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A hot potato: Take-Two Interactive, a company that has done little to endear itself to gamers with its dogged pursuit of GTA modders, will likely attract even more anger following news of its almost patent troll-like behavior. It seems the organization has filed hundreds of trademark disputes for terms that include ‘Rockstar,’ ‘2K,’ and ‘Bully.’ It also went after the developer of co-op title It Takes Two.

Twitter user Ash R. discovered the list of trademark disputes Take-Two Interactive filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It mostly targets entities using the term Rockstar, the same name as the Take-Two subsidiary behind the GTA games.

Some of the disputed names include ‘Don’t be a Rockstar Legend,’ ‘Rockstars authors and tattoo parlors,’ and ‘Rockstar axe throwing.’

Take-Two has also filed against anyone using the term ‘2K,’ another one of its subsidiaries, with ‘Prey2K’ on the list. Even ‘Max Fayne’ and ‘Max Pain’ can’t escape for sounding too much like Rockstar Games’ Max Payne. There's also one for 'Bully free world.' It even filed disputes against a company that uses the letter ‘R’ as its logo, despite having a completely different design to Rockstar’s.

One of the very familiar names on the list is ‘It Takes Two.’ Hazelight Studio's excellent co-op platformer is one of our Best PC Games (You Should Be Playing), but it seems Take-Two felt the name was too similar to its own—by that logic, perhaps Kim Weston and the estate of Marvin Gaye could sue Take-Two Interactive.

Some of the trademarks have been abandoned, including the one against It Takes Two, but plenty are still classed as ongoing.

Earlier this year, Take-Two Interactive launched a lawsuit against four modders over their enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The group recently fought back by claiming the games they created were protected by Fair Use under the Copyright Act.

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cliffordcooley

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If they are going to be such petty patent trolls. Someone needs to burn them to the ground. Seriously a patent on the terms rockstar and 2K! Ridiculous!
 

R00sT3R

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The lawyers are expensive and since they are getting paid anyway, might as well use them for something, right?

You can just imagine the board meeting...

'These lawyers are costing us a fortune on retainer, We best put them to work, Don't care doing what, just make them earn back some of the $$$ they're costing us each hour.'

Of course the real scandal here is the absurd litigious culture in America, that enables them to pull this kind of BS in the first place.
 
Come to think of Movies and Shows with the name Rockstar and TV sets and Monitors with 2K support falling under the radar of these disputes. .. to think if the City of San Andreas itself disputes the company for using its name in a Video Game will be a bummer to them. Where they not collectively known as Rockstar Games rather than Rockstar??.. and I hope the 2007 crime drama 'Take' does not get a Sequel which could be titled Take 2 etc...
 

dacoll

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Did they sue Rockstar energy drink ..? I bet they didnt because they are bullies picking up smaller entities just because they can and didnt need to worry about the repercussion. Imagine they sue Rockstar energy drink that have will adn money to fight ...
 

dacoll

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You can just imagine the board meeting...

'These lawyers are costing us a fortune on retainer, We best put them to work, Don't care doing what, just make them earn back some of the $$$ they're costing us each hour.'

Of course the real scandal here is the absurd litigious culture in America, that enables them to pull this kind of BS in the first place.
The real scandal is people or entity abusing the laws (that actually have very good intention to protect individual rights) for their own advantage and not being punished for that
 

Danny101

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I have to admit. I was initially confused by the 'It Takes Two" to 'Take-Two' when it first appeared. Is this now evidence for discovery?