Final Langdell judgement issued

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."

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Stephen Northcott Senior Consulting Engineer 11 years ago
He got off too lightly IMO.
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James Taylor Studying Games and Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology11 years ago
So it's finally over..
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 11 years ago
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.
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Iain Lowson Writer 11 years ago
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.
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Sean Noonan Lead Level Designer, Ruffian Games11 years ago
Great news :)
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Stephen Northcott Senior Consulting Engineer 11 years ago
@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

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Iain Lowson Writer 11 years ago
@ Stephen Fair point. :) Who knows what goes on in his head.

And, yes, that's some rich, creamy irony right there.
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Michael Tegos Editor, Official PlayStation Magazine Greece, Attica Media11 years ago
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.
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Nalin Sharma Management Consultant, Video Mind Games Ltd11 years ago
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?
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Mario Rodriguez Gonzalez Game Evaluation Analyst, Electronic Arts11 years ago
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.
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Damian Connolly Lead Development Engineer, Village Media11 years ago
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
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Anthony Colin Rodgers CreativeDirector, Exient Ltd11 years ago
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...
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Lee Camm Web Magazine Editor/Writer 11 years ago
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.
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Christian West11 years ago
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
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Jas Purewal Partner, Purewal & Partners11 years ago
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.

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Derek Smart Software Developer/Engineer, 3000AD, Inc11 years ago
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?
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Ben Biggs Games Editor, Imagine Publishing11 years ago
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?
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Derek Smart Software Developer/Engineer, 3000AD, Inc11 years ago
@ 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

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Kevin Johnson Quality Assurance 11 years ago
He got off way too lightly, though happy that he is now made to notify all previous companys he has bullied from using 'Edge'
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 11 years ago
Nice that it's over but wow, as mentioned by many he got off way light.

Consider this a lesson!
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Private VIdeo Games 11 years ago
I guess he didn't have the *edge* in this dispute ;)
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Paul Hamilton Chief Mook, mooktown games11 years ago
damn I was hoping he'd go on to get the Edge from U2 to change his name :(
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