Electronic Arts Wins Trademark Battle With A Huge Edge
Electronic Arts and game developers using the word "edge" in their titles received good news this week, as the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office was ordered to cancel a series of trademarks registered by Tim Langdell and Edge Games, Inc.
Langdell claimed in various lawsuits that he was entitled to damages for trademark infringement for such games like the 2008 Electronic Arts release Mirror's Edge. Polygon reported that EA filed a Consolidated Petition for Cancellation for the patents on September 11th, 2009. The United States District Court of the Northern District of California sided with EA and thus ordered the elimination of the trademarks.
To celebrate the news, Mobigame is giving a 50% discount of their puzzle game Edge, a title created by independent games developer Two Tribes, until April 22nd. Langdell sued Mobigame over the name and it was temporarily removed from the iOS App Store back in 2010. Mobigame CEO David Papazian posted his reaction on the Two Tribes website.
"It took us two years to create Edge from scratch, then we waited four additional years for this day to happen," Papazian. "This story represents six 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."