Lawyers and Word Games Coming To Facebook

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Lawyers and Word Games Coming To Facebook

Mon Sep 29, 2008 @ 06:32PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

For those still pining over the loss of Scrabulous on Facebook, some good news.

One of Scabulous' founders reports that an Indian Court has ruled that game itself doesn't violate Mattel's intellectual property rights. The ruling was a mixed one, however, as the court also enjoined the company from using the "Scrabulous" name due to trademark infringement. Mattel filed the lawsuit back in February 2008.

In other news, Facebook has recruited a bonafied legal heavy to its team. Ted Ullyot, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and ex-chief of staff to former U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales, has joined the company as general counsel.

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