Rubik's Cube(R) is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik. Originally called the Magic Cube, the puzzle was licensed by Rubik to be sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980, and won the German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle that year.
As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world's best-selling toy. Although the Rubik's Cube reached its height of mainstream popularity in the 1980s, it is still widely known and used. It is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
With its popularity came the knockoffs, and there is speculation that only one in six Rubik's Cubes sold is an authentic or official licensed puzzle. Rubiks Brand Ltd is determined to stop any unauthorized use of its intellectual property and will pursue infringements of its rights in the image of the Rubik's Cube throughout the world by all legal means at its disposal.
The original Rubik's cube invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik.
Authentic Rubik's cubes are still available as well as officially licensed versions.
The Rubik's Cube copyright belongs to Erno Rubik, the originator of Rubik's Cube, who has given Rubiks Brand Ltd the international rights to administer and control the RUBIK trademarks and the overall image of the Rubik's Cube.
Rubik's Cubes are held together with interlocking plastic pieces that prevent the puzzle being easily pulled apart. The puzzle has approximately 43 quintillion arrangement combinations.
The original cube was patented in 1975.
Authentic Rubik's Cubes will have the trademarked Rubik's logo on the center square of the white face.
If the puzzle does not have the tradmarked logo - it is not an authentic Rubic's Cube.
Puzzles without the trademarked Rubik's branding are common e-commerce websites and infringe on Rubik's copyright and patent.
If the Rubik's trademark is not on the white face - the puzzle is a counterfeit.
With the resurgence in popularity of Rubik's Cubes, there a number of knock-offs available on e-commerce websites including eBay.
The logo on the white white face is not Rubik's -- this is a knock-off.
Common on e-commerce website, knock-off products infringe on Rubik Brand's trademark and copyright.
Purchasing counterfeit products supports criminals, costs worker's jobs and are generally poor quality.