Lego Learns It Doesn't Get A Monopoly On Toy Building Blocks In Canada

from the choices,-choices dept

Lego Group, the makers of the popular building blocks has been in the news quite a bit of late — often because of their overly aggressive lawyers. These were the lawyers who scolded people for thinking their website was legos.com instead of lego.com, and then told an artist whose middle name actually was Lego, that she couldn’t use that name in her artwork. Well, it seems those lawyers have been fighting a much bigger intellectual property battle — trying desperately to convince the world that no one else should be allowed to build connecting building blocks. Most of the Lego patents ran out by 1988, but then they moved on to trademark law. Apparently they still had at least one patent in Germany, but that got thrown out earlier this year. A Greek court tossed out Lego’s attempt to block other building blocks earlier this year, and now the Canadian Supreme Court has dismissed a trademark violation case that Lego had filed against competitor Mega Blok. Was Lego really so afraid of competing that they had to pull out trademark law to stop any competition?


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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: No surprise

Yes, they haven’t done well in years. Maybe instead of suing, they should rething the whole “specialized sets” that they sell. You know, the one branded with “Harry Potter” or something like that where you get 25 pieces for $40 that can only be used to make two different formations…

Ah, to go back to the days of basic blocks and lots of imagination…

Misato says:

Why help your customers when you can harass them?

Lego is stupid. The vast majority of Lego websites provide information about Lego and their products. Their domain name, while containing the word ‘lego’ look nothing what-so-ever like http://www.lego.com or any of it’s sub directories.

This is just ridiculous to go after every website that you can find that contain the word lego.

Now for the stupidity of Lego.
Number one. Any website that is about Lego is free advertising for Lego.

Number two. A big percentage of these domains are owned by Lego enthusiast, which in turn mean, they are owned by Lego customers who give Lego a great amount of business.

Number there. These are also websites that help other Lego enthusiast in ways that Lego can’t and / or chooses not to, thereby relieving Lego of customer support that might otherwise be demanded of Lego.

And these are the people that Lego wants to sue??? It’s amazing that a company as large as Lego lacks this much business sense and this much apathy toward the very people ( their customers ) who keep them in business.

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