U.S. News | Riot Games Sues Riot Squad Over Trademark Infringement

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Riot Games has filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court of the United States against Riot Squad, a Chicago-based esports organization alleging trademark infringement and false designation of origin under the federal Lanham Act, and unfair competition under California law.

Riot Games reportedly said that Riot Squad Esports has unfairly and unlawfully adopted and exploited the RIOT brand name in connection with its marketing, advertising, and promotion of a nascent esports organization without permission or authorization.

“Riot Squad apparently hopes and intends that by its use of the Riot brand name, consumers will mistakenly believe that its esports organization is in some manner associated with, sponsored or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with Riot and its hugely popular products and services”, Riot Games Reportedly said.

According to the lawsuit, Riot Games claimed that they are very popular and well known on the esports scene and gaming in general while Riot Squad is a newcomer and intends to exploit Riot Games popularity and reputation.

 The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion and unfair competition.

Riot Games is seeking an injunction against Riot Squad’s use of its trademark, and also wants compensatory and punitive damages, legal costs, the cost of covering corrective advertising and all gains, profits and advantages derived from the unlawful acts alleged herein.

The case is still on.

Riot Games, Inc. v. Riot Squad Esports LLC et al

Judge:Christina A Snyder
Court:California Central District Court
Case #:2:19-cv-08626
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed:October 07, 2019
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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