Pac-Man V. Jawbreaker

The defendant published a game called a€oeJawbreakera€A which was created by John Harris. Harris admitted to getting the idea from a€oePac-Mana€A. Jawbreaker was already being marketed for the home computer, while Pac-Man had not yet been marketed. Although both games were maze-based, the judge found there were nine substantial differences, including the music and the way the characters moved.

The court held that there was a€oenothing protectable under the copyright laws as to the a€oePac-Mana€A game itself, and the laws do not protect the strategy of a player symbol being being guided though a maze appearing to bobble up dots in its path while being chased through the maze by several opponents.a€A

The court also held that Atari had not established a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace because Atari had not yet entered the market with its a€oePac-Mana€A game.

Atari, Inc. v. Williams
December 28, 1981 US District Court, ED California
1981 US Dist. LEXIS 17667
KEYWORDS: Pac-Man - Jawbreaker - copyright infringement - trademark infringement

SUMMARY BY: Cheyenne Reese

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Posted: April 5th, 2008
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