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The Pokémon Company International is suing Pokémon Pty Ltd for promoting a new Pokémon smartphone game based on Non Fungible Tokens, according to documents filed with the Federal Court of Australia.
Requester wants to prevent responders and associated companies from claiming to have a license to create Pokémon games or to be affiliated with Pokémon Company International, Inc. or the Pokémon brand. The Pokémon Company International is the rightful owner, but Pokémon Pty Ltd is an Australian cryptocurrency ring that is illegally marketing a Pokémon NFT crypto mobile game by brazenly copying the former's intellectual property, which is worth tens of billions of dollars.
The Australian business has created and promoted a website called Kotiota Studios to publicize the release of this NFT market game. Additionally, they have stated that they are currently working on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Pokémon Home, and even the yet-to-be-released Pokémon Sleep.
When the Kotiota Studios team attempted to get in touch with media outlets to generate discussion about their game, they were informed of this scenario by The Pokémon Company International. On December 19, 2022, a lawsuit was brought against Kotiota Studios, and on December 21, 2022, the first hearing took place. Kotiota Studios didn't show up, but The Pokémon Company International's legal counsel did.
The Pokémon Company International has requested that the court seek an order prohibiting Pokémon Pty Ltd from using their trademarks on the website and social media, as well as to prevent the company from releasing the game and selling any NFTs that make use of their IP.
In the legal agreements, Pokémon Company International makes clear that they are not one of their contractors. The Pokémon Company International, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo "had taken a deliberate choice not to introduce any Pokémon NFTs," according to the company's legal representative. The court notes that the Pokémon Company International has a compelling argument and requests further details before considering costs or damages. Further legal action may be taken against them (Pokémon Pty Ltd) if they don't reply.