Google play store and the supposed trademark infringements
Recently I received an email from Google that there is a trademark complain regarding one of my games. Reading the first sentence I already knew that this is about Tetricorn! Tetris is well known to try to squeeze every cent they can from Tetris and they often complain about trade mark violation by another companies / developers.
Here is the mail from google:
Google has received a trademark complaint regarding one of your applications, the details of which may be found at the end of this message. We have attached a copy of the original notice we received for your reference.
We encourage you to resolve this matter with the complainant directly. If you are unable to resolve this issue with the complainant, we may need to suspend your application. If you have any further concerns about this issue, please address them directly to the complainant in the Trademark Infringement Notice provided.
The good news is that google didn’t just suspended Tetricorn. That is not the first time Tetris complained about trademark infringement by various google play store apps and in the past google automatically suspended the affected apps.
I contacted the tetris lawyer and cleared the problem. Tetricorn isn’t a tetris clone, it just borrow some ideas from tetris. The problem that the tetris dudes had was the name tetris used in the title and the description of Tetricorn. I removed this from my apps, so now there must be no more trademark violation problems.
Tetricorn wasn’t very successful, I got from the google play store around 15 install a day. Now I am very curious how removing tetris from the title and the description will affect this number!