SnapChat, the developers of the wildly popular social media sharing app have sent legal notice to Nemory Studios, the developer of Snap10 (formerly known as Snap2Chat), that Nemory Studios is in violation of SnapChat's trademarks. This includes the words "Snap", identical color schemes and Ghost logo.
Here is the letter that SnapChat issued to Nemory Studios and it's developer Oliver Martinez:
We serve as intellectual property counsel to Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat”) and are writing you on Snapchat’s behalf regarding a Blackberry World app you have advertised and distributed. Among other things, Snapchat publishes and distributes the photo messaging app called “Snapchat.” The “Snapchat” app is widely used on various platforms, and is available to users through such portals as Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play marketplace.
Through its marketing efforts and commercial success, among other ways, Snapchat has developed valuable trademark rights in the SNAPCHAT and Ghost Logo trademarks (collectively the “Snapchat Marks”), which are immediately identified by consumers with Snapchat’s reputation for quality.
Snapchat owns numerous United States federal trademark registrations and pending applications for the Snapchat Marks, including without limitation Trademark Registration Nos. 4,375,712 and 4,573,338 and Trademark Application Serial Nos. 86/335,306 and 86/335,307.
Based on the foregoing rights, it is a violation of federal and state law for others to advertise, utilize, offer for sale, and/or engage in services in connection with the Snapchat Marks without the express written permission of Snapchat.
Nonetheless, it has come to our attention that you have advertised and distributed a mobile application called “Snap10 – Send Snaps,” which is offered and promoted through the Blackberry World Store and is accessible via the following link: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webst...countrycode=US.
The app is described allowing users to share pictures and videos with friends and “post snaps on your story,” and duplicates the famous Snapchat app. The app contains the word “Snap” in the title and the app badge contains an image of a ghost, which is clearly meant to call Snapchat and its Ghost Logo to mind. In addition, the app copies the overall layout and color scheme of the distinctive Snapchat app.