Flappy Bird Trademark On the Way? Seven Trademark Filings Suggest Ownership Could Come Soon
After all the Flappy Bird hype that’s existed over the past two weeks, you’d think the world would get enough of Flappy Bird and let it “fly to its reward.” Not the case: a new report suggests that seven companies filed Flappy Bird trademark applications earlier this month in order to trademark the name Flappy Bird as their own and make the fortune that the bird-flapping, Mario Bros.-look-alike game has made in the past ($50,000 a day, according to some reports).
The first Flappy Bird application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) came from Olaes Enterprises, Inc. – although Olaes only wanted the Flappy Bird trademark name for clothing and accessories. Two entities filed for the trademark name on February 9th: Adore KV, Inc., and business partners Neal Blaak and Alexander Prevateau. Mad Engine Inc., and Mobile Media Partners filed on February 10th, Jamal Aminy on February 11th, and Gabriel Joseph Harkham filed via proxy on February 12th. Within a three-day span, seven patent applications were put before the USPTO for the game that was considered to be “too addictive,” according to game developer Dong Nguyen.
Adore KV, one of the companies that filed a Flappy Bird patent earlier this month, is also known as OneClick Studios. This company has created its own “Flappy Bird TM” game (“TM” for “Trademark”) and has tweaked the bird in the game to look more like a cross between the old Flappy Bird game and the Rovio Angry Birds lead racer in Angry Birds Go! You can check out their game above.
Could the USPTO rule on Flappy Bird sometime soon? Perhaps. At the same time, however, with all the rejections of games with similar names from both the App Store and Google Play Store, these seven entities could find themselves waiting for a while.
Do you think this is a good thing? Would you like to see Flappy Bird trademarked officially, and an end put to the Flappy Bird craze? Or do you prefer the hype and want to continue selling iPhones, iPads, and Samsung smartphones and tablets with Flappy Bird installed for insane prices? Let us know what you think in the comments below.