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US Patent Office cancels “Edge” trademarks

By Mike Williams

US Patent Office cancels “Edge” trademarks

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

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.

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

Posted:3 years ago


Steven Wemyss Senior QA Engineer, Avalanche Studios

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1 down, countless others to go unfortunately...

Posted:3 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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He finally lost his edge.

Posted:3 years ago


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

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

Posted:3 years ago


Benjamin Crause Supervisor Central Support, Nintendo of Europe

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Took too long but finally its done.

Posted:3 years ago


Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters

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

Posted:3 years ago


Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

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I am in favour of anything that hurts Tim Langdell.

Posted:3 years ago


Paul Jace Merchandiser

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If only this case could set a precedent for all future trademark cases.

Posted:3 years ago


Carlo N. Diaz Professional Secondary Teacher

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Finally! It's in the hands of the rightful owners!

Posted:3 years ago


Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd

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Surely this victory is just an edge case.

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

Posted:3 years ago


Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst

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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:3 years ago


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