Gamezebo found this amusing little tidbit about King, the developer of “Candy Crush Saga” a.k.a. the digital equivalent and/or substitute for crack cocaine, in that the company has submitted a patent claim to the word “candy” on February 6th, 2013. The claim state that King.com Limited would have intellectual property protection and rights to the word “candy” pertaining to video games and, in a bizzaro world-worthy twist, clothings. Now, any well-reasoned individuals of power in any other patent office on the face of the planet would’ve laughed their tits off and called for security to escort King out of their goddamn office.
The boys and girls at the U.S. Patent Office, however, are not well-reasoned individuals.
As of January 15th, 2014, the motion was carried, and this mad emperor wasted no time to begin its conquest. Apple’s own app store has been doling out emails by the metric buttload to other game developers practically saying that either they take off their games with “candy” in the title off the market or get lawyered up and get ready for a royal rumble. Considering most of these folks are indie developers, they most likely couldn’t afford a lawyer and so decided to agree to Apple’s demand and shuffled off, presumably while being watched by King from high atop his evil castle’s balcony as he stroked his evil chin and let loose an evil laugh.
This makes me wonder if U.S. patent laws really are as morally bankrupt as so many people have suggested. I mean, what’s next? A patent for “is”, “are”, “am”, and “the”? Would this go on until each individual words in the English language is owned by a corporate entity? At that rate, the only thing us peasants can speak is the words of a bound and gagged S&M enthusiasts going, “Mmm mmm mmm mmmm” to express EVERYTHING!
That is, until Microsoft came up with the bright idea to patent the letter “m”. Then we’re REALLY screwed!