"The law is a ass," Mr. Bumble said in Oliver Twist. And trademark law is a asshole, or at least it is to video gamers whenever it becomes a newsworthy topic. A match-three mobile puzzle game is telling a PC indie game it can't call itself by a word that dates to 1709. WTF? You've got questions, I'll try to answer them.
Candy Crush Saga's opposition to a trademark filing by The Banner Saga isn't necessarily unique, it's just the latest example of what laypeople find to be absurd: The broad "ownership" of a very common word as a trademark. Normal people don't speak in the language of trademark filings and legal briefs, so I went to a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property law and business litigation to ask some of the questions you may have. Because, as Mr. Bumble's statement implies, the law seems to defy common sense sometimes.