Asus Safe, Judge Rejects Hasbro’s Injunction Against Transformer Prime

With nearly 1000 Android devices in existence it wasn’t going to be too long before we saw overlap between various other retail sectors. Yesterday we brought you this infographic showing you how many Android devices share names with condoms.

You may remember a few months back we reported that the toy company Hasbro, who holds the rights to the Transformers line of toys, had sought an injunction over the import of the Asus Transformer Prime Android tablet. Hasbro didn’t take Asus to court over the first Transformer tablet however the Transformer Prime, I guess in Hasbro’s eyes, is really close to Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots.

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A US Court judge has rejected Hasbro’s injunction and said that people weren’t likely to confuse the tablet with the Transformer toys.

The sitting judge in the case filed this in their argument:

There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.

Hasbro could file an appeal and they can also take Asus all the way to trial, but it doesn’t appear that, that would be a fruitful task.

source: Slashgear