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November 15, 2012

Apple asks developers to stop using Memory in App titles

The notices are being sent to developers at the request of German firm Ravensburger

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple is sending notices to several developers asking them to remove or rename Apps that have ‘Memory’ in their titles, according to a report from Gamasutra.

The notices are being sent at the request of German firm Ravensburger, which claims to hold trademark for the word ‘Memory’ in various European countries.

Ravensburger owns the trademark to a board game called ‘Memory’ and has demanded the iPhone maker to stop providing apps that have the word ‘memory’ in their title or as a keyword associated with an app.

Darren Murtha, developer of the popular Preschool Memory Match, told Gamasutra that he was forced to remove it from all 42 countries, as he’s too busy working on another app to re-submit this one with a new name.

"We plan on changing the name in those countries and uploading a new version early next year," Murtha said.

Ravensburger claims that its trademark applies in the countries that include Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Equador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.

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