US customs wants to stop chasing Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube knock-offs

first_imgPac-Man may still be cool from an ironic perspective – but let’s face it, when you put it next to modern video games like Call of Duty, it doesn’t really compare. But that hasn’t stopped US customs officials from their crusade against rip-off artists: the coin-operated arcade version of the video game has been the subject of an official “exclusion order”, which bans US businesses from importing Pac-Man knock-offs, since 1982. But the US International Trade Commission (ITC) thinks it can use the time it spends sniffing out counterfeit, er, Pac-Men (Pac-Mans?) better. In fact, it’s asked a trade panel to lift the restrictions on trademarks covered by six import bans, including ones on Rubik’s Cubes (or, as the ITC puts it, “certain cube puzzles”), cardboard kaleidoscopes, and “certain novelty glasses”, the origin of which we can only speculate over.This doesn’t necessarily mean that, for example, a flood of Rubik’s Cube wannabes will now enter the market: the ITC is asking for public input over whether it should lift the import bans – meaning if Hasbro, the toy’s manufacturer, still feels its trademark is worth defending, it can apply to have the ban kept in place.Nevertheless, we’re choosing to look forward to a new, more egalitarian era of Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cubing. To celebrate, let’s all watch a video of the 2013 “speed cubing” championship. whatsapp Tags: NULL Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse Monday 27 October 2014 11:14 amcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorElvenarIf You Like to Play, this Fantasy Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Elvenar Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp US customs wants to stop chasing Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube knock-offs last_img

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