Last week American author John Beiswenger settled his lawsuit against GameTrailers and dropped his lawsuit against Ubisoft "without prejudice." The lawsuit alleged that Ubisoft knowingly used plot points and story mechanics from his novel LINK in their Assassin’s Creed video games. While Beiswenger ended his legal fight, he left the door open to sue Ubisoft at a later date and his lawyer said that he still asserted the claim that Ubisoft had infringed on his work.
This apparently did not sit well with Ubisoft; the company decided that it would file its own suit asking a court to find that Beiswenger's legal maneuvering was "frivolous and without merit."
"The plaintiff in the case alleging copyright infringement by Ubisoft has dropped his claim, without settlement," the company said in a statement to Gamasutra. "Ubisoft believes this suit was frivolous and without merit, and is seeking a ruling to prevent future related claims."
"We are proud of our creative teams and will continue to vigorously defend the intellectual property they develop," the statement continued.
"A declaration is necessary to enable Ubisoft to continue to develop and market creative content under the Assassin's Creed brand free from the cloud that Beiswenger's meritless claims have placed over Ubisoft's right to do so," reads the complaint filed by Ubisoft and obtained by Gamasutra.
Beyond a court decision in its favor, Ubisoft is seeking legal fees and whatever relief the court deems fair. Beiswenger tells Gamasutra that he has not received the complaint from the company. No doubt he soon will.