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Nintendo Files Claim On 'It's On Like Donkey Kong'


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#1 ORGAN1ZAT10N_13

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 03:22 PM

In a move that the company says honors the impending launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo has filed a trademark request for the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." No, this is not an Onion article, either.

Nintendo calls it "an old, popular Nintendo phrase that has a number of possible interpretations depending on how it's used."


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#2 TheLongshot

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 08:39 PM

I guess Scott Pilgrim got it in before the lock...

(They used the phrase in one of the trailers.)

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:04 PM

Pretty sure it was in the books as well.

And if they're trademarking the phrase, they sure better make good use of it and start using it in press releases and such.
"Xbox 360 outsold the Wii this month? Watch out Microsoft, cause IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!"

#4 KingBroly

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 01:08 AM

Even if they don't get it, it's great press for the game.
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#5 MorPhiend

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:15 AM

Michael Buffer owns, "Let's get ready to Rumble!!!" Phrases can be trademarked and people can be fined for infringement.

#6 KingBroly

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:17 AM

The difference there is that he was using it for a long time. This seems out of the blue.
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#7 Redeema

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:11 PM

On the other hand Donkey Kong is their property, and while they can't keep those words out of peoples mouths they seem to have a right to it, don't they? I mean more than anyone would any other random catchphrase.

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#8 ORGAN1ZAT10N_13

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 04:50 PM

I'm looking forward to DK Returns. I won't pick it up right away, but a proper DK sidescroller is just what Nintendo has been missing.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:33 AM

BTW, Nintendo was successful in getting the trademark for "Its on like Donkey Kong"

Word Mark IT'S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Compact discs and optical discs featuring entertainment, educational, and informational content, namely, video games, music, and stories; downloadable multimedia files, namely, video games; downloadable electronic game programs; downloadable electronic game software; electronic game programs; electronic game software; video game discs; video game programs; video game software
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Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 85173084
Filing Date November 9, 2010
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Nintendo of America Inc. CORPORATION WASHINGTON 4600 - 150th Avenue NE Redmond WASHINGTON 98052
Attorney of Record Jerald E. Nagae
Prior Registrations 1328713;1328714;1331984;AND OTHERS
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
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