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One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.
Kotaku revealed the news earlier today, and later received the following statement from a King spokesperson: "King has withdrawn its trademark application for Candy in the U.S., which we applied for in February 2013 before we acquired the early rights to Candy Crusher. Each market that King operates in is different with regard to IP. We feel that having the rights to Candy Crusher is the best option for protecting Candy Crush in the U.S. market. This does not affect our E.U. trademark for Candy and we continue to take all appropriate steps to protect our IP."
There's no word so far on if this affects the word "saga" as well. King also attracted the ire of developers and media outlets alike when it tried to enforce its similar claim on the word, which brought it into conflict with the critically acclaimed indie game The Banner Saga. During the height of the controversy last month, developers protested by making all kinds of games with the words "candy" and "saga" and flooding the App Store with them. The protests were staged on the conviction that trademarking common words is foolish.
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