Apple reportedly banning applications with the word €˜memory from the App Store


Apple is reportedly warning developers of iOS games that if they have the word ‘memory’ in the applications title they may face removal from the app store unless they change the name.

Such notices are being sent out because of a German game maker company called Ravensburger who happens to sell a popular board game under the brand ‘Memory’ and claims to hold the trademark for the work ‘memory’ in around 42 countries.

Darren Murtha who is the developer of the popular application ‘Preschool Memory Match’ told Gamasutra that he was too busy to come up with a new name and opted to remove the app from all 42 countries where the trademark claims to be enforceable.  “We plan on changing the name in those countries and uploading a new version early next year,” he said.

Ravensburger claims its trademark applies in the following countries: Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela.