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US Patent Office cancels “Edge” trademarks

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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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor, USgamer

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.