Upper Deck has just put out a press release announcing that they will be suing Ravensburger and Ryan Miller.
In this latest press release by Upper Deck, they have announced that they will sue “Ravensburger and a previous Upper Deck game designer for stealing and copying Upper Deck’s original game which Ravensburger repackaged and marketed as Lorcana.”
Upper Deck President Jason Masherah states the following in the press release.
“We invested significant time and resources to develop a new and novel trading card game. Our current leadership values the importance of protecting intellectual property of both Upper Deck and its licensors,”
“We want gamers and fans to continue enjoying and having access to unique, innovative and immersive trading card games,”
“We encourage competition in the industry, but also strongly believe in playing by the rules to ensure the gaming community benefits from the different creative choices by each manufacturer.”
In this 19 page complaint provided by The Toy Book (UDCv.MillerComplaint), Upper Deck has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California – County of San Diego, which states that Ryan Miller was previously engaged by Upper Deck on a work-for-hire basis to design an upcoming game titled “Rush of Ikorr”, which is currently yet to be announced, though a patent for the upcoming game was filed back in April 6, 2023 (Which is 4 days before Ravensburger released the Quick Start Rules). The complaint states that Ryan Miller then terminated his contract with Upper Deck and took concepts from Rush of Ikorr which supposedly belong to Upper Deck to be used in Disney Lorcana.
Upper Deck is currently requesting for restitution, reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and to withhold the public release of Disney Lorcana.
For more details, please refer to the complaint linked above.