Feeds

Hasbro fails to win Asus Transformer Prime ban

Tablet vs toy robot... FIGHT

Top three mobile application threats

Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet-cum-netbook has not ridden roughshod over toy giant Hasbro's intellectual property rights, a US court has suggested.

Hasbro, which flogs a series of plastic robots that can "transform" into cars, aircraft, lorries and such, sued the Taiwanese company in December 2011, claiming that its youthful customers would assume the tablet is associated with its Transformer brand.

However, a preliminary hearing to judge whether a pre-trial ban should be imposed on the Asus device did not go the toy firm's way, Paid Content reports.

Optimus Prime provokes Top Model stampede

Not a tablet that turns into a netbook

According to the court, Asus' use of the word Transformer is appropriate and descriptive: the gadget does indeed "‘transform’ into a laptop computer when attached to its accompanying Qwerty keyboard dock".

"There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’ products," the judge said.

All of which suggests the case may not go Hasbro's way if and when it comes to trial. For its part, Hasbro said it will pursue the case, so Asus isn't out of the woods yet. ®

Seven Steps to Software Security

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.