Pac-Man V. Gobbleman

Video Game Law Blog

November 17, 1983

(This is an archived case summary)

Atari and Midway obtained an injunction against Tryom, whose game “Gobbleman” or “Nibbleman” embodied characters, symbols, and non-functional design features that were substantially similar to “Pac-Man”. Atari and Midway properly held a copyright in Pac-Man, and Tryom infringed that copyright.

Atari, Inc. v. Tryom Inc.
November 17, 1982 US Dist Ct, ND Ill
No. 82 C 3593
KEYWORDS: copyright infringement
SUMMARY BY: Cheyenne Reese