Upper Deck vs Konami: Damages Coming?

A judge has sided with Konami Digital Entertainment in a case involving some unauthorized printing of Yu Gi Oh! cards by Upper Deck.

A federal judge has ruled that Upper Deck’s move to print over 611,000 Yu gi Oh! trading cards in China was not permitted, leaving open the possibility of a significant damage award later this month.

The court sided with Konami Digital Entertainment, ruling Upper Deck violated federal unfair competition law and was liable for common law trademark infringement.

The somewhat complicated case revolves around Upper Deck’s move to have the cards printed in China during 2007 and transport them to Vintage Sports in California for distribution at Toys R Us and other retailers. Konami claims it never authorized Upper Deck to take such an action.

The case has caught the eye of legal eagles in California. An intellectual property lawyer does a fair job of summarizing the whole affair and offering links to the court papers.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Daily Journal also offered coverage of the case, which is set to continue January 26th when a judge is expected to decide if Upper Deck will be forced to pay damages to Konami.

The New York Post also weighed in with a story on the case.