ARGH, copyright is not the same thing as Trademark! Calling stuff "Super" doesn't infringe on copyright, and would only infringe on a Nintendo trademark if (a) Nintendo trademarked it in the first place and (b) the "Super" was used in a way that implied it was a Nintendo game (probably only if it implied it was a Mario game).
Lima Sky aren't claiming they "own" the word Doodle via a trademark. The trademark they own covers any game which use clones of their character or games which could make people think it's a Lima Sky game.
copyright != trademark != patent
Sorry, I had a brainfart and typed copyright instead of trademark. I know they aren't the same. Thanks for believing me to be an idiot.
From the Doodle's mouth:
"There was absolutely no rush to call a game 'Doodle Something' until Doodle Jump became famous. Then many developers began jumping on the bandwagon whether their game had any doodled elements in it or not. They were simply trading on the fame of Doodle Jump, for which Lima Sky has a trademark.
Under the law, like it or not (and we don't like it), we are required to ask those developers to stop using a name similar to our trademarks, whether the infringer is a little guy or a big guy."
I understand that a name such as "Doodle Leap", "Doodle Hop", etc. would be too close and they would be forced to defend the trademark, but that isn't the case. He specifically calls out ALL 'Doodle Something' games. This is directly similar to my 'Super Something' case. I was just kidding when I said that because I don't believe that Nintendo ever tried to trademark 'Super Something' (I'm sure they trademarked Super Mario, Super Metroid, etc.), but what I was saying is that if they had it would have been the exact same situation.
On to my second point, which you conveniently ignored since it showed that I DO understand what trademark is, we will go back to the Doodle's mouth:
"Accelerato's Bryan Duke, and many of you, are ridiculing me for attempting to trademark the word 'Doodle.' But such is trademark law. Apple has a trademark on a name of a fruit (Apple)"
As I stated Apple is in the clear because the fruit obviously has nothing to do with computers. If they were a produce company and tried to trademark "Apple brand fruits" it would be ridiculous, as clearly it is no longer a distinctive mark. Doodle, and this is debatable certainly, is not in the clear, because it is easy to imagine lots of ways games could involve doodling (art-style, gameplay, etc). I understand where he is coming from, and I'm sure that the prevalence of 'Doodle Something' games exploded after 'Doodle Jump' came out. I just maintain that 'Doodle' in the context of a game is not distinctive. If you disagree with that, then that's a reasonable discussion to have.