Is it okay to use "with friends" in game name

04-18-2013, 10:29 AM
#11
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Originally Posted by PikPok View Post

And I imagine that "Blocks with Friends" is only being considered in the first place because the dev hopes to profit from consumer confusion with existing Zynga products.
I guess thinking about it this is true, your would have a hard time claiming that the intended purpose was not to create confusion especially if you have a game with many social features. better safe then sorry
04-23-2013, 02:06 AM
#12
Thank you all. I will go with "Blocks with buddies"

04-23-2013, 03:35 AM
#13
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Originally Posted by PikPok View Post
That is not how trademarks work. Trademarks are "fuzzy" in that infringement can be justified if consumer confusion can be proven, even if the marks involved don't explicitly infringe.

And I imagine that "Blocks with Friends" is only being considered in the first place because the dev hopes to profit from consumer confusion with existing Zynga products.

Create your own brand. It will be worth more in the long run.
Agreed! I still give more love to shorten name like Draw Something, SongPop ...etc, they highlight the gameplay of the game than the "with Friends" model that getting odd recently.

Using "with Buddies" with me is not likely an good option as well cos it reminds me to something very "Scopely" which is also popular.

I am always bad at game name, so I can't give an advise, but creating something very yours is always the better option.

Antony

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Last edited by antony.thai; 04-23-2013 at 03:38 AM.
04-24-2013, 07:35 PM
#14
Try similar words

Avoid any issues and try something different like.

- Blocks Wars
- Social Blocks
- Blocks and Friends
- Block Your Friends
- Friendly Blocks
- Game of Blocks

'With Friends' is tempting but even if you don't get sued you will get blasted from the reviewers and the users in the reviews for being a clone or copy.
04-25-2013, 06:42 AM
#15
It's very funny that some one have taken Block With Buddies before (maybe someone who read this topic xD).
Anyway, yes, as antony.thai said, we have chosen another name which is our own one.
04-25-2013, 08:13 AM
#16
I would maybe go with "Block Buddies"

I think 'With' is the operative word in 'With Friends', not the Friends part - meaning With Buddies is practically the same thing and will look like you're still trying to benefit from the same mark. As has been said it's far better to create a unique brand.

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Last edited by DemonJim; 04-25-2013 at 08:15 AM.
04-25-2013, 03:09 PM
#17
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Originally Posted by DemonJim View Post
I would maybe go with "Block Buddies"

I think 'With' is the operative word in 'With Friends', not the Friends part - meaning With Buddies is practically the same thing and will look like you're still trying to benefit from the same mark. As has been said it's far better to create a unique brand.
Good suggestion there!