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As expected, Hasbro sues Asus over 'Transformer Prime' name

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Dec 2011 0:48 User comments (3)

As expected, Hasbro sues Asus over 'Transformer Prime' name Hasbro has sued Asus today, over the Transformer Prime name used in the company's new flagship tablet.
The toy company is seeking an injunction on the tablet due to brand copyright violations. Transformers Prime is an animated TV series that launched in 2010, a new generation of the popular TV series from the 80s.

In its statement, Hasbro says:

Hasbro continues to aggressively protect its brands and products and the specific actions we are taking today against Asus underscores yet again Hasbro's willingness to pursue companies who misappropriate our intellectual property for their own financial gain.


As anyone who has watched the show or movies know, a Transformer turns from a robot into a vehicle like a truck or fighter jet to travel quicker. The Asus tablet "transforms" from a tablet into a laptop with a keyboard dock.

Hasbro likely thinks that Asus is banking on the recent success of the Transformers movies, and they may have a case. If Hasbro wins, Asus will most likely just have to change the name of tablet.

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3 user comments

123.12.2011 2:02

I say Hasbro is right in this case. The least Asus could have done ask permission and paid its rights to use the Transformers trademarks.


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223.12.2011 12:21

Originally posted by bobiroc:
I say Hasbro is right in this case. The least Asus could have done ask permission and paid its rights to use the Transformers trademarks.
AGREED!

323.12.2011 14:07

Screw Hasbro. I have a feeling this one will get thrown out. How can you trademark a group of words that have other meanings other then some crappy toys you make. Use to love Hasbro toys as a kid now they break five minutes after they are taken out of the package. Hasbro has become a shi**y company that is chasing a buck. Hope they loose this one.

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