In one of the biggest letdowns in trademark history, Bethesda and Mojang have finally ended the dispute over the trademark status of the name "Scrolls". No massive court battle. No Quake 3 match
. Just a simple settlement. In a very short post on the Mojang blog, Carl Manneh answers the two big questions about the dispute
To answer the big question – yes Scrolls is still going to be called Scrolls.
To answer the second question – we aren't going to keep the trade mark.
So that's that. Which is probably just as well. After the initial ruling that gamers would most likely not be confused
over the similar names, Bethesda's success in court was looking bleak. This was probably the best solution for all parties involved. Bethesda wins by not losing the appearance of control over the word "Scrolls", and not ending up like Tim Langdell
. Mojang gets to continue calling
this game "Scrolls", while ceding the right to name any subsequent game
"Scrolls". The only downside is that we lose the opportunity to set legal precedent on the ability to control individual words within a trademarked phrase.