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US Patent Office cancels “Edge” trademarks

US Patent Office cancels “Edge” trademarks

Sat 20 Apr 2013 3:27am GMT / 11:27pm EDT / 8:27pm PDT
Legal

A court order sees all of Tim Langdell's Edge trademarks canceled

After years of legal fighting and a decision by a United States district court judge back in 2010, Tim Langdell's "Edge" trademarks have been canceled by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Langdell had been able to successfully use the legal system bully other developers into settlements or force them to change the title of their game. It was only until Langdell went up against Electronic Arts over Mirror's Edge that a company large enough to fight back legally entered the ring.

Electronic Arts won its case against Langdell three years ago, but it was only until now that the U.S. Patent Office has been able to cancel the trademarks. The trademarks involved are filed under Registration No.'s 2219837, 2251584, 3105816, 3381826, and 3559342. Those trademarks involve the terms "edge", "cutting edge", "the edge", and "gamer's edge".

Mobigame's David Papazian, one of the developers Langdell legally attacked with his trademarks, is happy to finally see the situation resolved.

"It took us 2 years to create Edge from scratch, then we waited 4 additional years for this day to happen. This story represent 6 years of our lives but now the road is totally clear for Edge. We are so happy for all the victims of this trademark troll, truth and justice finally won! We feel that we have to celebrate this major event in some ways, and we hope all the good people we met along the road will celebrate with us," wrote Papazian on the Two Tribes website. Two Tribes has handled the port of Edge to PC and Mac.

12 Comments

Justice is served, albeit only being 5-10 years late in delivery :)

Posted:A year ago

#1

Steven Wemyss Senior QA Engineer, Avalanche Studios

33 31 0.9
1 down, countless others to go unfortunately...

Posted:A year ago

#2

Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

954 183 0.2
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He finally lost his edge.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Tommy Thompson Lecturer in BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming., University of Derby

44 28 0.6
Glad to see this has finally come to pass. Though as Dr Wong says, it's a little bit late!

Posted:A year ago

#4

Benjamin Crause Supervisor Central Support, Nintendo of Europe

82 38 0.5
Took too long but finally its done.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters

528 788 1.5
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Now they should make him refund all the extortion money he made from it.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

457 734 1.6
I am in favour of anything that hurts Tim Langdell.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Paul Jace Merchandiser

942 1,428 1.5
If only this case could set a precedent for all future trademark cases.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Carlo N. Diaz Professional Secondary Teacher

3 0 0.0
Finally! It's in the hands of the rightful owners!

Posted:A year ago

#9

Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd

450 423 0.9
Surely this victory is just an edge case.


So I'm 3 months late. And what?!

Posted:A year ago

#10

Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst

88 67 0.8
This wasn't a success for justice.

This was another good example of how the legal system is designed to only cater to those who can afford to manipulate it.

Posted:A year ago

#11

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