Imagineer has launched a statement relating to the dispute of the Medabots trademark in Europe. It plans to win again possession of the trademark after one other particular person claimed and used it to forestall the firm from releasing video games from the well-known franchise in the area. [Thanks, 4Gamer.]
The challenge started after Kevin Comadrán de Frutos, from Andorra, claimed the Medabots trademark at the EU Intellectual Property Office in 2018, after verifying that it had expired and been unused for a very long time. Wanting to create his personal online game with the trademark, Comadrán filed a lawsuit in opposition to Imagineer at the Commercial Court of Alicante in Spain. The EU Trademark Court ruled in favor of Comadrán and ordered Imagineer to chorus from advertising and marketing and publishing video games with the infringing trademarked title in the European Union on July 15, 2020.
In the Japanese press launch, Imagineer denied the trademark infringement claims made by Comadrán. The firm intends to assert that it’s the unique proprietor of the Medabots franchise. In addition to combating in opposition to the declare, it additionally plans to demand that the European trademark possession be transferred to the firm. If it fails, Imagineer would ask for the trademark to be eliminated altogether from the EUIPO.
Medabots is the official English title for Medarot, a collection of robot-themed video video games established by Imagineer with its first-ever title launched on the Game Boy in Japan in 1997. Although the franchise was additionally identified for an anime present that obtained an English localization, solely three video games have been localized in the west by Natsume. One was the 2002 remake of Medarot 2 for Game Boy Advance, which was titled Medabots in the West. The spin-off combating recreation Medabots AX and the 2003 GameDice recreation Medabots Infinity have been additionally localized.
Imagineer just lately launched Medabots S for cell gadgets and Medabots Classics Plus—a compilation of eight Medabots video games that appeared on methods like Game Boy and Game Boy Advance—for the Nintendo Switch in 2020. All of them are presently obtainable solely in Japan.