Computron get's his name jacked in 1986 even!

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  1. rattrap007

    rattrap007 one with the Force TFW2005 Supporter

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  2. decepticon665

    decepticon665 the amazing bored-man!

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    well,there is a pc manufacturer these days called "cybertron".i guess if you use enough names,sooner or later somebody will use one or 2 of them too.or just as likely beat you to the punch.
     
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    Ha Ha. Actually had the talking computron. ^*please select a activity*^
    well its a kids computer so the names appropriate.

    computron being one of the toys in gestault rush in late g1:gestaults were selling so they tried to make casettes,micromasters,pretenders, anything tf combine.
    So my guess is hasbro just did'nt hold onto the name rights after computrons release. As there were no plans for a second computron.
     
  4. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I had that toy as well. It was cool as snot back in the day.
     
  5. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    It was. I mainly used it to play low-grade music. You'd spend ten minutes programming in notes and it'd blare them out with zero rhythm.
     
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    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    First, name protection wasn't nearly as rigid back in the day as it is today. Hell, both Transformers and Tonka's Gobots had "Blaster" and "Rumble" toys, and as far as I know, the two companies never went to court about it. Same for "Scrapper", a name registered by Tomy's US division the same year Hasbro released the G1 Constructicons. Today that would result in a giant court battle.

    Second, this looks like it could qualify as a different field than "toy action figures" or "toy vehicles", so chances are Hasbro could have a Computron toy coexist with such an electronic game thing even today, as the usage could be different enough that neither company could claim the other company's use of the mark could be easily confused with their own.

    I'm not a trademark lawyer, though, thus the second part is a lot more speculative than the first.
     
  7. RandomFerret

    RandomFerret Fuzzy Forever

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    And lastly, Computron is a really unoriginal name. Sears Computing came up with the name on their own. They'd probably never heard of hasbro's version.
     
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    Gotta love how names are such a big thing nowadays. Back then it didn't matter. I guess its because we live in a more sensitive world.
     
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    Sensitive, no. Litigious, yes.
     

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