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Final Langdell judgement issued

Mon 11 Oct 2010 7:47am GMT / 3:47am EDT / 12:47am PDT
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Edge Games ordered to notify bullied developers that it no longer holds trademarks

Litigious Edge Games owner Tim Langdell was on Friday officially stripped of his 'edge', 'cutting' and 'gamer's edge' trademarks by a US judge, following an earlier agreement between his and EA's attorneys.

Judge William Alsup has now signed off the final judgement, which also states that each party will cover its own court costs, and that EA will receive no damages from Langdell for his denied attempt to block further use of the name 'Mirror's Edge.'

However, the judge added an additional stipulation that the disgraced former IGDA board member must inform all those firms he has brought action against in the past that he no longer holds the various edge trademarks.

Reads the ruling, "Plaintiff shall notify all persons and entities with whom a licensing agreement has been obtained involving the trademarks asserted herein that the marks have been cancelled and provide these persons and entities with a copy of the order denying plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction and the final judgment."

The judge requires that Langdell or his representatives give a sworn statement that this has occurred by this Friday. It may lead to a series of reparation attempts from developers who suffered name-changes, costs and release delays as a result of Langdell's earlier threats of legal action.

EA looks to have moved on from the matter entirely now. "We're pleased that we've reached a settlement and can put this behind us," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"This settlement goes a long way in protecting the rights of independent developers."

23 Comments

Stephen Northcott
Senior Consulting Engineer

76 0 0.0
He got off too lightly IMO.

Posted:3 years ago

#1

James Taylor
Studying Games and Interactive Entertainment

11 0 0.0
So it's finally over..

Posted:3 years ago

#2

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,716 598 0.3
He got off very lightly with the costs.
Will his previous victims bother seeking reparations or have they got better things to do with their time?
Then there is the potential for criminal action over his trademark submissions.

So as it stands he is pretty much getting away with it.

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Iain Lowson
Writer

21 0 0.0
He got off lightly financially, for now. However, he's been utterly humiliated - publically crucified. That, for someone like him, is going to hurt a great deal more. Once the smaller companies get stuck in, he'll be paying out for a while. Unless he declares himself bankrupt and runs off back under a rock - one reason why EA may have decided to just leave it where it is.

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Sean Noonan
Lead Level Designer

7 0 0.0
Great news :)

Posted:3 years ago

#5

Stephen Northcott
Senior Consulting Engineer

76 0 0.0
@Iain I think you are spot on with your assessment of why EA left it alone.

But I don't think someone with Tim's history really gives a damn about public humiliation.
He is either so deluded about the truth that he wouldn't be able to internally process what has happened.
Or he is simply an evil cynic. In which case he wouldn't have any pride by definition.

Either way he needs to be taken to task over his deception, simply because the Trademark system is already enough of a mockery without law enforcement ignoring crimes perpetrated with the tacit assistance of the TM system.

The irony of EA claiming that they have protected "the rights of independent developers" is also not lost on me.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Stephen Northcott on 11th October 2010 10:40am

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Iain Lowson
Writer

21 0 0.0
@ Stephen Fair point. :) Who knows what goes on in his head.

And, yes, that's some rich, creamy irony right there.

Posted:3 years ago

#7

Michael Tegos
Editor, Official PlayStation Magazine Greece

9 0 0.0
I agree - it wouldn't matter much if they made him pay additional damages, to EA no less. He's been utterly discredited and his fraudulent hold on the trademarks has been publicly confirmed. No one is going to take him seriously again in this industry, and that's far more punishing than any damages he'd have to pay (and from which, as Iain said, he could probably weasel his out by going bankrupt or something).

While it would be satisfying to see some of the smaller devs he harassed try to get theirs back from him, I don't think they should waste their time and resources.

Posted:3 years ago

#8

Nalin Sharma
Management Consultant

6 0 0.0
As someone who has been directly affected by Langdell, I would just like to say that EA have been fantastic on this.

I guess maybe its ok to put Killer Edge Racing back on the App Store?

Posted:3 years ago

#9

Christopher Pickford
Producer

53 58 1.1
@Nalin - that seems to be what this is about; he won't be able to contest the name anymore.

Posted:3 years ago

#10

Mario Rodriguez Gonzalez
Game Evaluation Analyst

15 0 0.0
He got off too lightly. I do hope that at least some of the wronged companies seek reparation, and I hope he ends up in jail for framing evidence.

Posted:3 years ago

#11

Damian Connolly
Lead Development Engineer

3 1 0.3
yep, much too lightly - he's still got his company (making him declare himself bankrupt would stop that, and stop him setting up a new one for 5 years, right?) plus there's nothing stopping him from reapplying for these or other trademarks.
i can only hope he gets taken up on a criminal charge

Posted:3 years ago

#12

Anthony Colin Rodgers
CreativeDirector

6 0 0.0
I don't really think anyone took him seriously anyway - did anyone bother to take a look at the Edge Games website? It looks like an 8 year old made it in 1994 - bad images, bad style, mention of games which are either so old they're not worth thinking about or just vapourware. He can keep the company - it's worth less than nothing - which is what made this whole thing ridiculous from the off...

Posted:3 years ago

#13

Lee Camm
Web Magazine Editor/Writer

9 0 0.0
I agree that he does deserve a harsher punishment for the bullying and underhanded tactics he has used. However, i also see how pushing him too far can achieve nothing in the end. I just hope his reputation is so damaged that he, and any other would be 'Langdell's' cannot try the same thing again.

Posted:3 years ago

#14
And to think this is the guy the IGDA board backed when the news came out, despite calls from it's own community to throw him out.

He did a fantastic job with their website after all. :P

Posted:3 years ago

#15

Jas Purewal
Solicitor

35 0 0.0
If any devs have been affected by this lawsuit and would like to discuss it in confidence, let me know :)

But seriously, if anyone would like a friendly legal word about what the lawsuit could mean for their games, especially if they previously had difficulty with 'Edge' type games titles, please do drop me a message.

Jas

Posted:3 years ago

#16

Derek Smart
Software Developer/Engineer

29 1 0.0
After all these years, the fact that it took EA's attorneys to get rid of this cancer, is what is the most surprising to me. From reading the proceedings, there really isn't much new there in terms of arguments. What was the most damaging was the evidence that EA produced regarding the doctored Edge magazine shots. Nevertheless, you have to wonder WHY all the other attorneys over the years failed to make a dent. Maybe the old addage "You get what you pay for" (the quality of attorneys) comes into play here?

Posted:3 years ago

#17

Ben Biggs
Games Editor

1 0 0.0
Dammit. First Jack Thompson and now Tim Langdell gets hamstrung. How are we going to unite the games industry in the future? And more importantly - what am I going to write about tomorrow?

Posted:3 years ago

#18

Derek Smart
Software Developer/Engineer

29 1 0.0
@ Ben

lmao!!! Well, you could go out and make fun of Windows Phone 7 :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Derek Smart on 11th October 2010 6:01pm

Posted:3 years ago

#19

Kevin Johnson
Quality Assurance

3 0 0.0
He got off way too lightly, though happy that he is now made to notify all previous companys he has bullied from using 'Edge'

Posted:3 years ago

#20

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

929 150 0.2
Nice that it's over but wow, as mentioned by many he got off way light.

Consider this a lesson!

Posted:3 years ago

#21

Graeme Jennings
Senior Producer

105 14 0.1
I guess he didn't have the *edge* in this dispute ;)

Posted:3 years ago

#22

Paul Hamilton
Chief Mook

3 0 0.0
damn I was hoping he'd go on to get the Edge from U2 to change his name :(

Posted:3 years ago

#23

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