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Skee-Ball skirmish brews over use of game name

May 8, 2014
Associated Press

CHALFONT, Pa. (AP) — A legal battle is brewing over the classic arcade game Skee-Ball.

The suburban Philadelphia company that owns the trademark is at odds with the New York creators of Brewskee-Ball.

Participants in Brewskee-Ball drink beer while competitively playing Skee-Ball, a type of bowling game. The league is based at the Brooklyn bar Full Circle.

League founder Eric Pavony tells The Intelligencer ( ) that the CEO of Skee-Ball Inc. gave the outfit his blessing in 2005.

But Skee-Ball Inc. has sued Full Circle for trademark infringement. Full Circle has countersued, claiming Skee-Ball's trademark is generic and should be canceled.

The lawsuits have been joined and the case is pending in federal court in New York.

This week, Brewskee-Ball supporters set up a crowd-funding site to help with legal fees.


Information from: The Intelligencer,



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