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Skee-Ball skirmish brews over use of game name

CHALFONT, Pa. (AP) — A legal battle is brewing over the classic arcade game Skee-Ball.

The suburban Philadelphia company that owns the trademark is at odds with the New York creators of Brewskee-Ball.

Participants in Brewskee-Ball drink beer while competing for high scores in the bowling-style game. The league is based at the Brooklyn bar Full Circle.

League founder Eric Pavony tells The Intelligencer (http://bit.ly/1l2wiV7 ) the CEO of Skee-Ball Inc. gave the outfit his blessing in 2005.

But Skee-Ball Inc. sued Full Circle for trademark infringement. Full Circle countersued, claiming Skee-Ball’s trademark is generic and should be canceled.

The lawsuits have been joined and the case is pending in federal court in New York.

Brewskee-Ball supporters set up a crowd-funding site this week to help with legal fees.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintell.com

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