While his opponents may have wish he had fled, as previously reported, Edge Games CEO Tim Langdell is back in the news and stirring up more trademark trouble.
Develop notes Langdell’s return and the subsequent removal of Mobigame’s Edge by Mobigame iPhone game from the iTunes Store for the second time. Langdell and Edge Games were not impressed with Mobigame appending their name to the name of the game, telling Develop, “Clearly, if Sony tried to use the mark ‘iPod by Sony’ they would hardly expect Apple not to take action to protect their mark ‘iPod’. In trademark law adding ‘by (name)’ to another company’s registered trademark does not mean a company can use that trademark without being guilty of willful infringement.”
An Edge Games statement claimed that Mobigames has had an offer since May to change the name of the game in question, with no money exchanging hands, an offer that was "repeatedly refused."
In September of this year, Electronic Arts turned the tables and targeted Langdell and Edge Games with a Consolidated Petition for Cancellation over a series of trademarks registered to Edge Games, including “The Edge,” Gamer’s Edge,” “Edge” and “Cutting Edge.”
An Edge Games rep (or Langdell himself) told Develop that Edge has filed a petition to dismiss EA’s action, adding, “Despite rumors to the contrary, Edge Games has either won every dispute in the past 20 years over the mark Edge or has settled amicably with the other party ending the dispute with an agreement in Edge Games’ favor.”
The Mobigames title in question reappeared in the iTunes store this morning (for the U.S. and U.K. territories), under the new moniker Edgy.