Apple bans 'memory' games from App Store

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Due to a German company's trademark, Apple is telling developers of iOS games to change their apps' names or risk having them removed, according to Gamasutra.


One of Ravensburger's card-matching Memory games.


Apple is reportedly warning developers of iOS games with the word "memory" in the title that unless they change their app's name, it will be removed from the Apple Store.


The notices are being sent at the behest of Ravensburger, a German game maker that sells a popular series of board games under the brand "Memory" and claims to hold the trademark for the word "memory" in game titles in some 42 countries, according to a report in Gamasutra.


Darren Murtha, developer of the popular Preschool Memory Match, told Gamasutra said he was too busy to come up with a new name and opted to remove it from all 42 countries. "We plan on changing the name in those countries and uploading a new version early next year," he said.


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A quick search of the U.S. Apple App Store returns dozens of games with "memory" in their titles, most of them card-matching memory games similar to Memory. Although the company does not hold the trademark in the United States, it's assumable that the apps are available under the same names in Apple's international app stores.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.


The list of countries Ravensburger claims its trademark applies: Armenia, Australia Battery Store, 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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