EA Convinces California Court to Cancel ‘Edge’ Trademarks

Tim Langdell and Edge Games, Inc. have lost a bid to retain the rights to the "Edge" trademark, thanks to a ruling by a Californian Court. The court sided with Electronic Arts, who Langdell and his company sued (among many others) for using the word "edge" in its game Mirror's Edge. Langdell claimed in a series of lawsuits that the trademarks covered "The Edge," (patent 3,599,342) "Gamer's Edge," (3,381,826) "Edge" (3,105,816), "Cutting Edge" (2,251,584) and "Edge" (2,219,837), thus entitling him to injunctions and damages for trademark infringement by games like Electronic Arts Mirror's Edge and publications like Edge Magazine.

According to legal documents filed this week, EA filed a "Consolidated Petition for Cancelation" for the patents on Sept. 11, 2009 and a new document filed Wednesday refers to Cancellation No. 92051465, which confirms the cancelation of each patent by the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office by order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.

Yesterday the court received a Letter of Protest from Langdell objecting to the issuance of "a notice canceling" the trademarks. Langdell was often called a "trademark troll" because of his blanket use of the trademark to sue any game-related entity that dared to use the word "Edge" in any way. Ultimately it didn't work out for him.

Source: Polygon


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    Neeneko says:

    Though people need to remember, the trademark was not canceled because it was overly broad or silly or things like that, it was canceled because he was not actually using it.

    One of the things people need to remember about this whole mess is that legally the issue with Langdell was not the trademark, but him lieing about how it was using it.  If he had actually been telling the truth and developing even trivial games under it, it would have (probably) been valid.

    I also keep worrying that this mess will discourage young developers and startups from exercising trademark registration and protection since it is a tool that can be really valuable to small development houses who have fragile brands.

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