Nintendo sued over WaraWara Plaza (trademark related)

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  1. EvilMakiPR
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    Japanese Media reported yesterday that Nintendo got sued got sued by Restaurant chain operator Monteroza.

    Montezora, who has a chain of izakaya (Japanese-style pubs), claims that WaraWara Plaza is too similar to his Wara-wara chain of izakaya. He has filed a request with the Patent Office to have Nintendo’s trademark registration revoked.

    Nintendo on its side say that they filled the trademark without any problems and that they was unaware of the izakaya chain.

    Monteroza trademarked its name in romanised English as WARAWARA in 2009. Nintendo itself romanises the word as “WaraWara” and trademarked it as such last year.

    Montezora also accused Nintendo of other things like decreasing the brand value.

    The WaraWara Plaza is the main screen in the Wii U's OS

    This same year Nintendo Lost a 3DS Patent Lawsuit to a former Sony Veteran.

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  2. TheCasketMan

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  3. WiiUBricker

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    Someone is butthurt.
     
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  4. julialy

    julialy Homebrewer

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    Sue-Sue-Sue... *sigh*
     
  5. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    Sounds like they should've been Wara-Wary.
     
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  6. WiiUBricker

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    I dunno, I have the impression that your posts have become less puny. But they are still above average. So I like them :mthr:
     
  7. dj4uk6cjm

    dj4uk6cjm GBAtemp Fan

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    Really? Sued over a word? Lol how much is this guy asking?
     
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  8. Dann Woolf

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    You know they could just resolve this by working together and making WiiU-themed izakaya.

    Or WaraWara Warawara.
     
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  9. chartube12

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    I thought the name of the main crappy wii-u screen was called miiverse?
     
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  10. EvilMakiPR
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    .......Really?
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  11. chartube12

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    Yeah, I thought the miiverse was an always on thing and built into the main screen. Idk it was separate.
     
  12. Lilith Valentine

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    I can feel their butthurt from over here...wait :unsure:
     
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  13. Rizsparky

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    Quite understandable, but doesn't Nintendo's version have 'Plaza' at the end?
     
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  14. MassiveRican

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    This is stupid. People just want some of Nintendo's millions.
     
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  15. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

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    It's pretty much a given that someone would sue over a name. Ever wonder for example why Apple has been to court over trademarks?

    Kinda farfetched here, but not unheard of.
     
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  16. ShadowSoldier

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    No different then apple suing samsung for rounded edges.

    I hope this gets laughed at and thrown out. Really, a bar? REEEALLY?
     
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  17. Veho

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    No. A chain of bars. It's like naming the service "McDonald's Plaza."


    It seems people of the Temp don't know how trademarks work.
     
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  18. KingVamp

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    Didn't Apple sue a grocery store because of their logo as well? :lol:
     
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  19. Minox

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    Warawara(わらわら) is an onomatopoeic word which means something along the lines of bustling/shuffling. They're basically trying to monopolize a commonplace word in a way that prevents others from ever using it in any combination.

    It is exactly as silly as Apple suing a fruit store that sells apples for having a reference to apples in their store name.
     
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    It used to be, "If you build it, they will come".
    Now it's, "If you build it, they will sue"™.

    Note: The latter quote is from my upcoming film, "Fields of Litigation"™. Unauthorized use of this phrase may be subject to any and all legal remedies. ^_^
     
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