Seattle Artist Sues Over ‘Angry Birds’ Pet Toys

Posted August 6th, 2014 by administrator

Seattle Artist Sues Over ‘Angry Birds’ Pet Toys
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A Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds” is suing the company that sold them, saying it cheated her of millions of dollars when it reached a deal with the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular videogame of the same name.

Juli Adams, 45, says she’s never played “Angry Birds.” But she did create a pet toy line called “Angry Birds” for New Jersey-based pet products company The Hartz Mountain Corporation in 2006, and said she retained the rights to her intellectual property even after she licensed her designs to the company.

The addictive birds-versus-pigs videogame launched three years later and has since been downloaded more than 2 billion times. Adams’ lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Seattle, says game-maker Rovio Entertainment wanted to market plush pet toys based on the game — just as it has already done with “Angry Birds” golf-club covers, theme parks and innumerable other items — but it couldn’t because Adams’ work already had the U.S. trademark for “Angry Birds” pet toys.

One of her lawyers, Anthony Shapiro, said Tuesday that Hartz apparently pretended to own the “Angry Birds” intellectual property as it persuaded Rovio to grant it exclusive rights to sell pet toys ba…………… continues on ABC News

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A Seattle artist isn’t happy with pet company Hartz Mountain Corp., which she charged in a lawsuit Monday illegally capitalized on her “Angry Birds” pet-toy creation and deprived her of millions of dollars in royalties.

The suit filed by Juli  Adams alleges that Secaucus-based Hartz impinged on her intellectual-property rights when it did a deal for her trademarked Angry Birds pet-toy line with video-game giant Rovio Entertainment Ltd., a Finnish company.

Hartz Mountain Corp. couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. The company, one of the largest U.S. pet-product makers, was sold off by Hartz Mountain Industries Inc., the Secaucus real estate developer, in 2000. The two companies are totally unrelated now, and only the pet company was named in the litigation.

Adams’ complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that Hartz never purchased the intellectual-property rights of the Angry Birds line of pet toys she created before it entered into a separate agreement with Rovio, maker of the popular Angry Birds video-game franchise.

Several years before the “Angry Birds” video game become a worldwide phenomenon, Hartz asked Adams to create a pet toy line, according to the suit. She called her line of…………… continues on NorthJersey.com

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