Delhi High Court S. Ravindra Bhat Bans Jayant and Rajat Agarwala’s Scrabulous In India Too
Jayant and Rajat Agarwala created a Facebook application called Scrabulous. The application was built around Hasbro game, Scrabble. Hasbro sued the Agarwalas to have the application removed. They removed it and relaunched it as a game called Wordscraper. The Agarwalas only removed the game from the U.S. market. But now the Delhi High Court judge S. Ravindra Bhat ruled that Hasbro can retain their trademark name.
The word Scrabulous cannot be used in any form, including links and source code. So basically the Agarwalas can keep Scrabulous running in India, but only as a different name. Spicy IP India suggests that the brothers rename it to Fabulous.
In March 2008 when Scrabulous was still growing in Facebook, the two brothers were making $25,000 per month. Facebook attempted to play a neutral position regarding the matter, but ended up complying with the decision to have Scrabulous taken down.This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry