CHALFONT, PA -- Skee-Ball Inc., the original maker of skee-ball alleys, and Full Circle United LLC, which runs leagues and tournaments on them, announced that they have reached a confidential settlement and licensing agreement. The settlement resolves existing lawsuits and legal claims between both companies.
In 2011, Skee-Ball Inc., the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of skee-ball machines since 1909, sued the league for infringing its century-old trademark. However, the league claimed that it had made a verbal agreement with the company about six years earlier, so it countersued, arguing, among other things, that "skee-ball" is a generic term.
As a result of the settlement, Full Circle United will continue to "advance creative concepts," which includes competitive league play exclusively featuring official Skee-Ball equipment.
Full Circle United owns the trademark Brewskee-Ball, which now has skee-ball leagues nationwide. The creators of Brewskee-Ball, which has transformed the old arcade and boardwalk game into a contemporary tavern sport, opened the Full Circle Bar in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, in 2005. That's where the first skee-ball league was formed, inspiring chapters around the country ever since.