Earlier this month, Epic Games released an update to its widely popular and best-selling video game Fortnite. The “Splash Down” update is a water-themed map for Fortnite’s “Battle Royal” game mode. In the Battle Royal mode, 100 players “
The Florida Attraction – Coral Castle
The Coral Castle is a famous Florida tourist attraction known for its sculpture garden. Secretly carved by one man, Edward Leedskalnin, the garden was named “Rock Gate.” However, upon the sale of the property in the early ’50s, the garden was renamed to the Coral Castle. Since then,
Earlier this August, Coral Castle, Inc. (the Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuit alleged trademark-infringement, dilution, unfair competition, and a violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
The Plaintiff owns two trademark registrations for its museum. In parti
Accordingly, the lawsuit alleges that Epic Games intentionally chose to call its location “Coral Castle.” In doing so, Epic Games intentionally used the goodwill that the Plaintiff has built to promote the new season of Fortnite.
Overall, it will be interesting to see if this lawsuit hold-up in court or if Epic Games decided to simply rename the location to something else.
On a separate note, the lawsuit follows Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple earlier this month for blocking Fortnite from its app store. Fortnite’s removal from the Apple app store resulted from Epic Games’ attempt to avoid the 30% cut of all in-game transactions that go directly to Apple.