Now that Hasbro has launched its own online Scrabble game, the company has filed suit in federal court against Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, the Indian brothers who created Scrabulous on Facebook in 2005.
The suit claims that Scrabulous has violated Hasbro’s intellectual property rights. Facebook is not named as a defendant, but has been notified of the suit. The new Hasbro version is available in the U.S. and Canada, but Mattel owns the overseas rights to Scrabble and they launched their online version in March. It’s complicated.