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Rubik’s Cube, Pac-Man Trademarks Outlive Popularity

Three decades after the height of their popularity, U.S. customs officials are still supposed to be on the lookout for knockoff Rubik’s Cube and Pac-Man games.

With more pressing demands of the modern era, Customs and Border Protection is now asking a trade panel to relieve the agency from having to keep tabs on faded fads from as far back as 1979. It said trademarks covered by six import bans are either not in use or the owner stopped making required filings, according to a notice yesterday from the U.S. International Trade Commission.