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Edge Games files new lawsuit against EA

Thu 17 Jun 2010 7:46am GMT / 3:46am EDT / 12:46am PDT
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Tim Langdell seeking Mirror's Edge injunction and damages

Edge Games' latest target for litigation is Electronic Arts. Owner and former IGDA board member Tim Langdell is once again attempting to assert ownership of the word 'edge', this time claiming that EA's 2008 title Mirror's Edge constitutes trademark infringement.

The dispute has gone on for some time, Langdell having claimed he filed a cease and desist order back in 2007, and EA unsuccessfully petitioning for a trademark cancellation last year.

Langdell is something of a bÍte noir in the games industry, having issued take-down threats and litigation to a number of unwitting developers - despite releasing no games from his own company for 16 years.

The trademark infringement suit against EA was filed in Northern California by the Lanier Law Firm, on behalf of Edge Games. It claims wilful infringement and unfair competition, and seeks both damages and an injunction against further usage of the title 'Mirror's Edge.'

Langdell claims EA did not respond to his original cease and desist letter, and went on to release Mirror's Edge despite having a US trademark for that title refused due to its use of 'Edge.'

While Langdell's repeated attempts to force a name-change on independent developer Mobigame's iPhone title Edge ultimately proved unsuccessful - the title finally returned to the App Store under its original name last month - this new action may endanger EA's planned release of a sequel to Mirror's Edge.

For more on the strange history of Edge Games, please read GamesIndustry.biz's investigation from last year.

27 Comments

Stephen Northcott
Senior Consulting Engineer

76 0 0.0
Isn't Langdell in jail yet?

Posted:4 years ago

#1

Aleksi Ranta
Product Manager - Hardware

267 121 0.5
You just gotta love this guy.

Posted:4 years ago

#2

Antony Cain
Lecturer

263 21 0.1
"We have spent a lot of time (and a large amount of money) stopping everyone who tries to use the mark EDGE [for a] game. You wouldn't think of using 'Activision' as the name of a game would you?"

Got to love that quote. I've lost count of the amount of times 'Activision' has featured in my day-to-day conversations

Posted:4 years ago

#3

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

943 156 0.2
Langdell is one of the best stand up comedians in the industry.

I would love EA to make a game called, Edge Game and get away with it.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Kingman Cheng on 17th June 2010 10:25am

Posted:4 years ago

#4

Jeff Wayne
Technical Architect

82 35 0.4
What a nutjob - surely no judge can take this guy for real...

Posted:4 years ago

#5

Terence Gage
Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
My question is, why hasn't the absurd trademark for 'Edge' been thrown out yet?! Especially when, at the time when the trademark was made, other games with Edge in their names existed.

I can't wait for the day when this conman's balloon deflates.

Posted:4 years ago

#6

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

943 156 0.2
I think people enjoy watching him try and waste his money in the process as well as time, so I'm not opposed to letting him carry on.

Posted:4 years ago

#7
God, what an absolute idiot.

Posted:4 years ago

#8

Nalin Sharma
Management Consultant

6 0 0.0
Having been on the receiving end of one of his Cease and Desist letters for Killer Edge Racing I find it truly amazing that he is still at it. I think that maybe he's just hoping that EA will pay him to go away if he keeps making a nuisance of himself....

Posted:4 years ago

#9

Terence Gage
Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
The thing is though Kingman, it's funny watching him fail to dent EA, but he can and has hurt smaller developers, such as Mobigames, or as per Nalin pointed out above. It would provide fewer giggles for us, but would probably just be better for all concerned if Edge Games went out of business and their trademarks were disbanded.

Posted:4 years ago

#10
EG are like a multi head hydra. No matter how many heads are cut off, new ones grow. THe issue that really needs to be ascertained is the entitlement to the word Edge, which is like trademarking Air, FOOD, water,Republic, Democrat, etc at al.

Posted:4 years ago

#11

Matthew Hill
Head of Recruitment

75 26 0.3
He's certainly persistent although it would be much better if he applied his relentless energies to something more productive. Utterly depressing.

Posted:4 years ago

#12

Terence Gage
Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
@ Matthew - "although it would be much better if he applied his relentless energies to something more productive."

Like making games?!

No, sorry; that's a ridiculous suggestion.

Posted:4 years ago

#13

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

943 156 0.2
Terence, I wasn't actually aware he succeeded in any form, it's a shame he feels the need to pick on the smaller developers for something that's utter tosh. If they concentrated their efforts into their game development and update your damn ugly site, maybe you'd do better and earn more respect. :P
Edgegames.com looks like an electronics retrail site from the late 80s.

Posted:4 years ago

#14

Alfonso Sexto
Lead Tester

761 574 0.8
Please, somebody kill this guy.

Posted:4 years ago

#15

Christopher McCraken
CEO/Production Director

110 251 2.3
How has this guy managed to maintain a trademark he does not use legitimately on a common word?

Let's hope EA does not waste time trying to go around him with an alternative trademark. A judge is going to have to invalidate his idiotic claim. Now is the time to crush this fool. He's been booted off the IGDA board because of his antics, let's hope this time he gets shut up for good.

Posted:4 years ago

#16

Patrick Williams
Medicine and Research

93 61 0.7
I'd like to know where he gets the money to push forward all these lawsuits considering how he hasn't made anything in years. Didn't EA sue to cancel the ridiculous trademarks? What happened with that?

Posted:4 years ago

#17

Terence Gage
Freelance writer

1,288 120 0.1
Patrick, it says in the second paragraph EA were unsuccessful, with the links to stories which will give more detail.

Christopher - "How has this guy managed to maintain a trademark he does not use legitimately on a common word?"

It's ridiculous, isn't it? Surely the relevant authorities in the UK & US can see that Edge Games don't actually have a business model except by licencing out their questionably-obtained trademark for other companies to use. As Kingman pointed out above, their website looks awful - I know a little about basic HTML coding, and in a couple of weeks I could probably put something together that looks more professional than that.

Posted:4 years ago

#18

Bobby Farmer
Development Director

9 2 0.2
Could this be why there's not been a U2: Rock Band?

Posted:4 years ago

#19
Urgh, don't you want to punch this guy?

Posted:4 years ago

#20

Michael Abraham
game designer

37 0 0.0
this again?

some people really are a lil too paranoid. this tim guy definetly has some delusions of grandeur. if his company were a household name maybe people would think mirror's edge was by his company, but it's not. and lets face it: how many EA logos are plastered across the game anyway?

beyond that though, i'm sure there's something about having a trademark on commonly used words in the english language. i mean imagine if someone managed to trademark the letter "e"...

really hope EA can knock him down a notch or two

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Michael Abraham on 17th June 2010 7:25pm

Posted:4 years ago

#21

Shane Sweeney
Academic

348 249 0.7
It scares me that he has a list of official licensee's on his website including Edge Magazine and Cross Edge.

This makes me very sad, so clearly either he is lying or these companies are funding him with token gesture to get them out of there hair.

Posted:4 years ago

#22

Private
Industry

1,176 182 0.2
Wonder what would happen to his current amount of money if a high amount of games with Edge in the title would come out and the companies would not settle the suit and go on to drag the lawsuits out.

Posted:4 years ago

#23

Nathan Wong
Studying Maths and Physics

1 0 0.0
Why does this article imply that EA's petition for trademark revokal was unsuccessful, when the linked article just says that Langdell is certain it will prove to be so, rather than refering to any decision of the court.

Posted:4 years ago

#24

Michael Leung
Freelance writer

3 0 0.0
Does he genuinely think he has a case?

Posted:4 years ago

#25

Private
Industry

1,176 182 0.2
Since someone in the US trademark office approved his trademark for the name Edge yes :(

Posted:4 years ago

#26

Julian Cram
Project Manager

49 27 0.6
Can't EA simply crush this guy already?

Posted:4 years ago

#27

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