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Sony sued over Buzz! trademark

"Copycat" accusations from US company.

Sony is facing a legal headache over its Buzz! series of quiz games.

US company Buzztime Entertainment believes the platform holder has confused consumers into thinking that Buzz! is a part of its electronic trivia games catalogue which appears in restaurants and bars.

The suit claims Sony is guilty of "malicious, fraudulent, knowing, wilful, and deliberate" violation of trademarks, according to GameSpot, and seeks the recall and destruction of all infringing products. Gulp.

Buzztime also wants the US Patent and Trademark Office to refuse registration for the still-pending trademarks for Buzz!, and to reimburse legal fees and maybe buy it a boat or something.

Sony Europe has remained cagey over the issue, telling GamesIndustry.biz, "We are aware that a complaint has been made against Buzz in the United States, but as is our normal procedure in matters like these we will not be making any public statement."

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