The Tetris Company
|Key people||Henk Rogers (Founder)|
Alexey Pajitnov (Founder)
The Tetris Company, or TTC, is the exclusive licensee for the Tetris brand. Licensed games would start to follow a Tetris Guideline maintained by Blue Planet Software and include TTC's "Authentic Tetris Game" seal.
In 1996 the rights to Tetris that Alexey Pajitnov had granted to Elorg expired. When the Blue Planet Software was founded, negotiations were made with Alexey Pajitnov to form a new company with existing Tetris IP and trademark owner Elorg. The two companies became 50/50 owners of The Tetris Company. On January 21, 2005, ELORG's share was sold to Henk Rogers for 15 million dollars. The rights to Tetris were put in a new company called Tetris Holding, owned 50/50 by Henk Rogers and Alexey Pajitnov.
Copyright and IP enforcement
Since the late 1990s, The Tetris Company has sent cease and desist letters to developers of unlicensed Tetris clones. They claim that such versions of Tetris violate copyright and infringe on their trademark.
In 2012, The Tetris Company sued Xio Interactive, claiming their Tetris clone Mino infringed on several copyrightable elements, such as the shapes of the blocks and the matrix size.
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