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Bang with Friends, Zynga Settle Trademark Suit

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Bang with Friends, Zynga Settle Trademark Suit
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Casual hook-up app Bang with Friends is probably not going to be called Bang with Friends for much longer, as it has reached a settlement with Zynga that will involve a “rebranding” effort.

“Zynga Inc. and Bang With Friends, Inc. are pleased that they have reached an amicable resolution of their dispute,” a Zynga spokesperson told AllThingsD. “Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, Bang With Friends, Inc. acknowledges the trademark rights that Zynga has in its WITH FRIENDS marks and will be changing its corporate name and rebranding its services in the near future.”

Back in July, Zynga filed a lawsuit against Bang with Friends, claiming trademark infringement. They said that the app, which allows people to find Facebook friends that want to “hook up,” anonymously, knowingly infringed upon their games – which include Words with Friends, Chess with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Gems with Friends, and Scramble with Friends.

The Zynga spokesperson also pointed in the direction of a new site, TheNextBang.com.

“The next Bang with Friends is coming,” says the barebones sites. It also offers an email signup list. “Here come the best invention since yoga pants – let’s get down.”

The word “down” is emphasized here, because it already has some significance in the world of Bang with Friends. Last month, Bang with Friends finally returned to Apple’s App Store after being banned for months – but the app returned with a bit of rebranding. It was simple called “Down.”

No word yet on what the new Bang with Friends app will be called. As of right now, BangWithFriends.com still exists, as does the Android app (under the name Bang with Friends).

Images via Bang with Friends, The Next Bang

Bang with Friends, Zynga Settle Trademark Suit
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