Lucasfilm Tries to Preserve Trademark Claim Over Card Game

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Walt Disney Co. subsidiary Lucasfilm Ltd. is rejecting a mobile application developer’s argument that Lucasfilm can’t claim trademark rights in a fictional game.

There are enough cases protecting a creator’s rights over fictional elements in stories to prevent dismissal of Lucasfilm’s claims against Ren Ventures Ltd. and Sabacc Creative Industries Ltd., Lucasfilm, which oversees the Star Wars franchise, argued in an opposition memorandum filed March 9 with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Popular fictional franchise owners often try to assert control over elements of their stories. The owners of the Star Trek franchise settled a case last year against a group that created a YouTube video, “Prelude to Axanar,” set in the Star Trek world.

Lucasfilm argued that its claims over Sabacc are plausible enough that the lawsuit should at least proceed to the discovery phase.
The case is Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd., N.D. Cal., No. 17-7249, opposition memo 3/9/18.