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Mattel v Zynga – Court of Appeal rules in SCRABBLE dispute

The English Court of Appeal recently overturned a High Court decision and found that Mattel’s SCRAMBLE Community trade mark is valid and had been infringed by Zynga’s use of SCRAMBLE and SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS as signs for...more

Game Over: Plain and Ordinary Construction Results in Summary Judgment

Claim Construction Order and Order Granting Summary Judgment, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., 14-cv-01315 (Judge Vince Chhabria) - It is ordinary in patent cases for the patentee to ascribe “plain and ordinary” meaning to...more

Lee v. Pincus et al., C.A. No. 8458-CB (Del. Ch. Nov. 14, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery partially granted defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding that (i) plaintiff had stated a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against the Director Defendants because it was...more

Social Media Class Actions Buy the Farm(Ville): Ninth Circuit Dismisses Consumer Claims Against Zynga and Facebook for Sharing...

Farmville is a game that celebrates the digital harvest: players earn Farm Coins by diligently and systematically harvesting their virtual crops. Yet a different kind of digital harvest – the harvest of user data – was at the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity - May 2014

In This Issue: - EU Court of Justice Creates Broad Interpretation of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - White House Publishes Report on Risks and Opportunities Posed by ‘Big Data’ Practices - California AG...more

Should Have Stayed on The Farm(ville): Class Action Plaintiffs' ECPA Claims Put Out to Pasture

Ah, to be a class action plaintiff these days. One day you’re up, plowing through the Northern District of California on expansive theories of injury, the next you’re down, upended like a top-heavy apple cart by a failure to...more

The Uphill Climb Continues for Privacy Class Actions: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Facebook, Zynga

On May 8, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s decision to dismiss with prejudice consolidated consumer class-action claims against...more

Speaking Objections Are Not Allowed, And Neither Are Whispered Instructions - Lexos Media, Inc. v. Zynga Inc.

Case Number: 1:12-cv-07994-PGG (Dkt. 97) - Lexos Media moved for an order prohibiting speaking objections in further depositions, and for fees and costs associated with a deposition. The court ordered that “speaking...more

Bitcoin - Big Bounce Back - Part Six

The nature and prospects of “virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, have been keenly debated. In early December 2013, Chinese government authorities took the first steps towards defining and regulating virtual...more

App Developer Wins in SCRABBLE Battle

Zynga, the world’s largest app-developer has scored a win against the owner of the SCRABBLE brand. This case brings up several interesting points about international trade-mark protection in the era of apps....more

Will Australia Ban Non-Real Money Gambling Apps?

As real money online gambling remains bogged down in the legislative and regulatory morass, social gaming applications have been on a tear. As we have previously reported, major players are leveraging social gaming...more

Virtual Goods, Gaming and the Trouble With Secondary Markets

Since the early days of online games, 'virtual goods' have been used to enhance game play and to provide revenue to game developers. These are earned by accomplishing tasks or bought from the developer, typically for use in...more

BaZynga!

Free-to-play games are all the rage these days. Many people while away their days playing Angry Birds, or Words with Friends before going home to watch Monday Night Football. Nerds — and, increasingly, “normal people” — do...more

Around the Virtual World - December 17, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Union Facebook Page Not Picket Line Extension: NLRB Judge - Parody New York Times Twitter...more

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