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December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Seattle artist’s ‘Angry Birds’ lawsuit goes forward

The Associated Press

SEATTLE  — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Seattle artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds.”

Juli Adams designed the plush “Angry Birds” toys in 2006 for The Hartz Mountain Corporation, a New Jersey-based pet products company. In her lawsuit, Adams says that three years later Hartz licensed her intellectual property, without telling her, to the Finnish company that makes the insanely popular video game of the same name.

Adams says Hartz cheated her out of millions of dollars when it did so.

Hartz asked U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik to dismiss the case, but the judge declined. In an order Monday, he said Adams makes a plausible case that she retained intellectual property rights in the “Angry Birds” trademark.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Angry Birds, Hartz Mountain Corporation, U.S. District Court

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