Pac-Man Ghost Fever

There’s been a number of Pac-Man related trademark applications filed in the EU in the last few months spreading speculation like little pac-men out to gobble whatever it is pac-men gobble.

The latest is Pac Man Ghost Fever

It joins

  • Pac-Man Cash Rush
  • Pac-Man & Leprechaun

from 2016, and lots more going back over the years

The sort of interesting thing for me (as a trademark nerd) is that the application is really only for Arcade Machines

Pac Man Ghost Fever – Goods and services

  • 28Video game machines; video game machine cases; apparatus for games; coin-operated or non coin-operated amusement machines; coin-operated or non coin-operated amusement game machines; games; controllers for video game machines; playing cards and card games; hand-held electronic games; playthings; toys and dolls; slot machines [gaming machines]; board games; gymnastic and sporting articles; fishing tackle; scratch cards for playing lottery games.

Here’s the application:

Namco Bandai Applies For Pac Man Ghost Fever As A Trademark In Eu For Arcade Machines Pacman

But, for example, the application for “Pac-Man” from 2006 was for:

Goods and services

  • 9Printed circuit boards for video game machines, all for commercial use; automatic slot machines; video game machines for use with television receivers; entertainment software; magnetic, optical or laser tapes, cards, discs and ROM (read only memory) cartridges, all bearing encoded video game programs; memory cartridges or memory cards for video games, memory cartridges or memory cards for hand-held electronic games; phonograph records, pre-recorded compact discs, pre-recorded video tapes and discs; controllers for personal computers, controllers for video game machines for domestic use; parts and fittings for all the aforementioned goods; downloadable pictures, motion pictures, movies and music; electronic publications; additional data for computer games (downloadable).
  • 16Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; books; magazines; calendars; posters; postcards; trading cards; maps; book binding materials; photographs; stationery; stickers; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); writing instruments; instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks.
  • 28Video game machines, none being used as television receivers; coin-operated or non coin-operated amusement machines; games; playing cards and card games; hand-held electronic games; playthings; toys and dolls.

That actually makes it kind of hard to know what exactly these trademarks are for?!

Is it just arcade machines, or could it be stand alone cheap handheld games or what are they?!

Time will tell Pac-Man, time will tell

-Ninja-