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.