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Potential name conflict?

03-13-2011, 11:53 PM
#1
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Potential name conflict?

Hi,

I want to call my new upcoming game 'Grid Racing'. Apple allowed me to create new app in iTunes connect without problems.

I googled 'Grid Racing' and game called GRID from Codemasted came up. Quite often in many websites it was mentioned as Grid racing. From what I understand Codemaster has trademark on word Grid.

Can I run into problems with 'Grid Racing'? I'm not sure why they call their game Grid as there is not much relations to grid from what I can tell.

My game though is all about racing on grid.

Any thoughts?

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03-14-2011, 12:02 AM
#2
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I've never heard it being called Grid Racing... it's usually either written as Race Driver: GRID or just GRID, but if they've got a trademark on the word then your name does sound worryingly similar. I'm no expert but it sounds to me like it could go either way. They're reportedly working on a sequel at the moment so they might be more active on chasing up any infringement they come across.

Oh, and their game is called GRID in reference to the starting grid on a race track

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03-14-2011, 12:09 AM
#3
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Thanks mate! You probably right, the name is Grid, but because it's about racing it naturally comes up as Grid racing

Regarding trademark on word I'm not so sure, they have TM next to word Grid so I don't know if this for game or word, I'm no expert on those things

Edit: ok, looks like they have this: "Race Driver"™ and "Race Driver: Grid"™ are trademarks of Codemasters.

So looks lie at least in theory I should be safe

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Last edited by eJayStudios; 03-14-2011 at 12:13 AM.
03-14-2011, 02:29 PM
#4
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If you're having doubts yourself, I'd say it's not safe. Why risk having a problem with Codemasters in the future? Is it really that important that your game includes the word "grid"?

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03-14-2011, 06:56 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by ArtCoder View Post
If you're having doubts yourself, I'd say it's not safe. Why risk having a problem with Codemasters in the future? Is it really that important that your game includes the word "grid"?
To be honest, yes as this word defines gameplay of my game.

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03-14-2011, 08:14 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by eJayStudios View Post
To be honest, yes as this word defines gameplay of my game.
Sorry, but I must say "grid racing" defines nothing to me. I can understand that it may go well with your gameplay, but you should think about what the title says to your potential customers... I'm not sure that name is worth the potential trouble down the line.

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03-15-2011, 04:13 PM
#7
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You could post a few screenshots and see if anyone can come up with another name that you like the sound of? It can't hurt to try

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03-15-2011, 05:01 PM
#8
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My guess is that you would be OK, and that Codemasters wouldn't do anything about it, but I'm not certain about it.

As can be seen from recent events, there have been quite a few conflicts recently over intellectual property. The laws have some grey areas, and can vary between countries, and some some will push that, or just use the threat of legal action to make the other side back down.

I've had several job interviews at Codemasters and they seemed a decent set-up. It might be worth contacting them. You never know, the response may make a decent story for marketing the game.
03-15-2011, 05:15 PM
#9
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Sounds like a good idea to me. People don't often think to contact someone because they're worried about the response, but if they're going to take action they'll do it regardless of whether or not you talked to them first.

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03-15-2011, 09:06 PM
#10
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Thank you guys! Idea about contacting Codemasters is great!

It's too early to post screenshots though, sorry

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