Edge or Edgy: The Clash of Two Game Makers - Update

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Edge or Edgy: The Clash of Two Game Makers - Update

Tim Langdell's litigious defense of his "Edge" trademark has made him the target of much scorn, but the uncomfortable truth is that he has a legitimate case.

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Interesting to hear another side of the story, certainly after Tim Langdell even got a lot of serious hate from the Escapist community.

I just don't understand how you can own a word thats in the dictionary. a word or conglomeration of words like Starwars or The Elder Scrolls is fine because they are actually names. proper nouns created by a company... but how can you own a word like edge or duck or tree. that would be like owning the word fire and making every jrpg maker pay you to use name fire magic thus.

this is not directed at the company or the man in question... just a general query about trademarking.

I'm sure the Edge "Racers" and "Mirrors" games advertised on Edge Gaming's site don't help their cause at all:

http://www.the--edge.com/edgegames/racers.htm (linked from http://www.edgegames.com/)
Compare screenshots to: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=188616 (noted here)

The flash app on the Edge site, and their upcoming games list have a game called "Mirrors". As in, Mirror's Edge, which I think was one of the "transgressions" mentioned towards the beginning of this fiasco.

The whole thing just smells. Having legit products around it doesn't make the company any less shady or more right, it just makes it harder to dig out the scheming from the legal entanglement around it.

Email tennis from me and Mr. Langdell:
(Yes, my facebook settings are now on Pirate)
Rob Cox
Arrrrgust 7 roundabouts 12:25 in the evenin'
You greedy bastard.

Tim Langdell
Arrrrgust 7 roundabouts 2:11 in the evenin'
Report this foul scribblin' ter' the cap'n
Hello Rob

Do not believe the lies you read on the Internet about Edge Games. Edge has never taken a cent from any company for trademark rights. It has only sued one company in 30 years and withdrew that complaint when the parties reached an amicable resolution that did NOT involve Edge being paid any money. The dispute with Mobigame is over with Apple making the decision Mobigame were in the wrong to use our mark EDGE. Mobigame did not pay us any money and we did not demand money from Mobigame (do not believe the faked emails you see posted on the Internet that suggest otherwise).

Rob Cox
Arrrrgust 8 roundabouts 9:18 in the evenin'
Hmm, still don't see how you can trademark a common English word.
"Edge", the Mobigames game, had nothing to benefit from your company, EDGE, so you were technically in the wrong for seeing Mobigames as in the wrong. I'm sorry, but it's fairly despicable when a man on the board for the IGLA then outs a new, fledgling developer for simply having a common English word as it's title that you Trademarked.
It's like me trademarking the word "middle".
You could, at least, have also been kind enough to Mobigames to ask them politely to change the name BEFORE release of "Edge" rather than until they'd released it to the Apple store.

Tim Langdell
Arrrrgust 9 roundabouts 3:24 in the evenin'
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Hi Rob,

Obviously if you have made up your mind that Mobigame is in the right and Edge is in the wrong then there is nothing I can say that will change your mind. But I will make a couple of comments and invite you to think these points through. First, it has nothing to do with Mobigame benefiting from the company EDGE. If someone -- anyone -- uses your registered trademark mark then the law says you *have to* stop them (or get them to license the use from you) or you will lose your trademark rights. That is how the law works, Edge Games didnt invent that law, its just the way it is. So if your best friend uses your trademark in the same type of product you have to take action just as much as if some huge faceless conglomerate used your trademark. When Edge discovered it was a small indie developer with their first game that had used Edge's registered trademark Edge thought long and hard before doing anything since Edge had no interest in taking action against a fellow indie game developer. But Edge Games took legal advice and was told it had to at least send a Cease & Desist letter to Mobigames (which is all it did -- it never demanded money). Additionally, a very large game publisher with whom Edge was having a trademark dispute informed Edge that if it allowed *any* other game company -- small or large -- to use the registered mark Edge then it would have to permit that large company to use it too. Thus that company's pressure on Edge meant it was forced to contact Mobigame and ask them to stop using the name "Edge".

As to trademarking a common name, it is frequently done and Edge is entirely right to trademark and protect "EDGE" and "THE EDGE". Many other common names are trademarked - Apple, Blackberry, Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take 2, etc etc. And of course EDGE is trademarked for the Future magazine "Edge" (which no one seems to have an objection to ...) and Ford for car "Edge" and S.C Johnson for the "Edge" shaving gel. Yes, you could even trademark "Middle" if you used it enough and it became associated with the goods you sell. Remember, Edge Games and its licensees have sold over $5billion of games and other goods with the Edge and The Edge and other Edge trademarks so it cost a lot of money over the past 30 years to build up the trademark rights Edge has in "EDGE".

As to the timing: yes it is unfortunate that Edge Games did not hear about Mobigame's game until shortly after it was launched on iTunes. But to be fair, the soonest Edge might have heard about it was shortly before when it won awards and so the soonest Edge could have contacted Mobigame was after it had already won the award. In addition, a company cannot really take action for trademark infringement until the other company actually *uses* the mark -- so Edge would have had to wait until after the game went live on iTunes anyway. Last, all Mobigame had to do back in April was rename the game (to EDGY or whatever else they chose) and they would have been off iTunes for perhaps a few days at most. Why Mobigame refuse to change the name of their game even now that Apple decided their use was wrong and the US trademark office decided their application for the mark "EDGE" was not acceptable, is a great puzzlement to many people.

Rob Cox
Arrrrgust 9 roundabouts 3:42 in the evenin'
Just one other point, as you said, if you dont use legal action, you lose the rights to the word "Edge".

You have no idea how much your image would benefit if you gave up the rights as a "charitable offering". As I said, if you used a non-standard English word for your company's name, i.e, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Microsoft, words that can be trademarked without furore, and where, if used by someone else, is definitley breach of trademark.

MobiGames were legally in the wrong, I know, there's nothing I can do to change or deny that, but morally, and technically, they meant no harm.

Tim Langdell
Arrrrgust 9 roundabouts 4:15 in the evenin'
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First, asking Edge Games to give up its rights in "Edge" is asking it to give up its entire 30 year history and over $5billion. Do you really think that is a fair thing to ask? Remember, Edge Games has several trademark license agreements with very large companies that compel Edge to never allow any one else to use its trademark and prevent Edge from ever giving it away.

As to Mobigame not meaning to do harm. I disagree that Mobigame were innocent in this. David Papazian has now confirmed in several ways that last year BEFORE HE NAMED THE GAME he did thorough research in the trademark registries and saw that Edge Games owned the rights in THE EDGE, and that it has registrations for EDGE on its own in process, but thought he could get away with using the name Edge anyway. That was naive and he should have got a lawyers advice who would have told him his idea was very dangerous. But given he researched Edge Games ownership of the mark Edge and STILL went ahead and used it, I don't agree that he morally or technically meant no harm. He just thought he could get away with infringing Edge Games rights, did it with eyes wide open, and then was angry he got caught.

Again, Edge Games is entirely within its rights to use a common word and to protect use of that word, just as is the case for Apple, Blizzard, Windows, etc etc. No one is saying any of those companies are wrong to protect their common word trademarks, why are people singling Edge Games out? Because Mobigame is an indie developer? Well, Edge is an indie developer, too.

$5 billion? Isn't Activision-Blizzard only worth like $3 billion? You mean to tell me this pissant little studio, that hasn't made a new game in over 10 years did more business than Activision-Blizzard? I call bullshit.

No matter who is the victim here the fact that the word EDGE is able to be trademarked is 100% bullshit no matter which way you try to swing it.

If you can trademark the word edge then I'm going to go trademark the word "the" and start suing every book publisher there is since they're infringes on my rights, even though I've never written a book before. I did however write term papers when I was in high school so technically I am a legitimate writer.

I find this whole issue silly. A company should not be able to trademark an actual word. A series of words like "medieval:Total War" sure, but not a single word like edge.

Making 5 billion dollars in revenues is different from having a net worth of 3 billion dollars. How much do you suppose Blizzard makes with all the WOW licenses? aboutt...10 million players a year...15 bucks per 6 weeks? fancy that.

So Langdell is in the right. There was clear violation of law, with intent to do so. Langdell has every right to press Mobigames for copyright enfringement, which he did. He's not even all that big of a dick, if you think about it, he was just following legal counsel and saying 'hold up'.

After reading the article, I've come to the conclusion that they're both being dicks about it.

On one hand, holding onto the trademark of the word "Edge" is just being a huge douche with your cock flailing in the face of reality. Especially when in said reality, you haven't actually made a game in how many years now?

On the other hand, knowing full well about said trademark, pushing ahead anyway, and turning down an offer to be able to market your game with a subtle one letter change is also pretty stupid.

So wait, if I were to make a game called When Blizzards Attack, would I get slapped in the face by Blizzard?

If not, then doesn't that mean a *game* called Edge is fine because Edge Games is a game *company's* name?

BehattedWanderer:
So Langdell is in the right. There was clear violation of law, with intent to do so. Langdell has every right to press Mobigames for copyright enfringement, which he did. He's not even all that big of a dick, if you think about it, he was just following legal counsel and saying 'hold up'.

http://www.tigsource.com/pages/edge-games

No. Read through this. He is still a pretty big dick.

k guys... stop saying that you shouldn't be able to trademark normal words, and read the sequence of emails which RobCoxxy has posted.

Windows, Apple, Blizzard, Blackberry, id etc... these are all words that have been trademarked by companies. Calling your game "blizzard" or "Windows" would warrant and even demand exactly the same legal ramifications that Edge have dolled out.

Now i have to say that i was also set against this Langdell chappie.. It sounds like a truly faceless, money hungry, power crazy thing for a large company to dish out on a rival upstart. It's incredibly david and goliath"esque" - and as a result people are queing up to have a go at Edge Games.

But i am also unashamed to say that I believe i was wrong in this regard - after reading this article. And i think it would be sensible of the rest of us to also see that it isn't all a black and white "edge being dicks" situation. Yes it is always hard relinquishing a view which seems initially very clear, but we've gotta try not to be irrationally stubborn in this regard.

It's a horrible thing to have your face despised by media and public alike.. no one deserves that unfairly, and i think it would be wise to stop dishing out mindless judgment towards these people. Yes, business is part and parcel of a cruel world and you occasionally have to be pretty emotionless to conduct yourself properly in it.

I think it really is a case of a conflict blown out of all proportion by language barriers, the fact its gone cross continental, and the relative difference in size between the two companies. I think it would have been the case with any other case in this unique position.

lewiswhitling:
k guys... stop saying that you shouldn't be able to trademark normal words, and read the sequence of emails which RobCoxxy has posted.

Windows, Apple, Blizzard, Blackberry, id etc... these are all words that have been trademarked by companies. Calling your game "blizzard" or "Windows" would warrant and even demand exactly the same legal ramifications that Edge have dolled out.

Now i have to say that i was also set against this Langdell chappie.. It sounds like a truly faceless, money hungry, power crazy thing for a large company to dish out on a rival upstart. It's incredibly david and goliath"esque" - and as a result people are queing up to have a go at Edge Games.

But i am also unashamed to say that I believe i was wrong in this regard - after reading this article. And i think it would be sensible and adult of the rest of us to also admit that fact. Yes it is hard relinquishing ones position, but we've gotta try and not be irrationally stubborn.

It's a horrible thing to have your face despised by media and public alike.. no one deserves it, and i think it would be wise to stop dishing out mindless judgment towards these people.

I'm on the same boat as this guy. I thought Langdell was a massive douche, but now that I know all of the facts, it's really obvious that it's Mobigames that did the wrong thing in this situation. Edge Games owns the rights, and if anyone infringes on that right, they are legally obliged to enforce their copyright, especially of Mobigames knew there was someone who owned the rights.

Tim cant keep the word Edge for himself. He should make a new name for his fame company.

lewiswhitling:
Windows, Apple, Blizzard, Blackberry, id etc... these are all words that have been trademarked by companies. Calling your game "blizzard" or "Windows" would warrant and even demand exactly the same legal ramifications that Edge have dolled out.

Arn't they are trademarked as "Microsoft Windows", "Apple Inc." and "Blizzard Entertainment", so you would not be infringing on copyright if you used the words you listed?
Anyway, this whole thing is a total mess. Edge games shouldn't be allowed to trademark a often used word and Mobigames shouldn't be idiots when it comes to infringing that copyright. If you look at it in a certain way, however, if Edge ever gets put back on the Apple App Store, then it will have had loads of publicity. Any publicity is good publicity as they say.

I read this, and I read the points that are pro-Langdell, but I still say he is being an idiot. Yes he may own the rights to "Edge games" or "The Edge" or whatever his copyright covers exactly, and yes he can draw comparisons between Apple and Blizzard who also have normal words copyrighted. But he misses the point that Blizzard don't sue every weatherman who mentions that particular meteorological phenomenon. This person has called their game Edge. Nothing alludes to Edge games. But he sues them anyway. It's just a pointless piece of corporate bullishness

This article could use citations. I hadn't heard of the issue, but upon Wiki'ing the subject, I found this about the supposed "Edgy offer":
Papazian claims that he suggested the alternative title "Edgy", but that this was rejected by Langdell as too similar to "Edge". Edge Games subsequently registered this name as a trademark. An Edge Games spokesperson, writing from Tim Langdell's personal email address and signing off as "Tim Langdell", claims that their registration was the result of a misunderstanding "probably in part caused by David Papazian's less than perfect English".

Sounds like Langdell wasn't exactly the good guy there. I'm not saying that Papazian is right here, but to be honest, I have no reason to believe this article is.

I'm surprised that so many people are lapping up this info and so quickly changing their mind about the whole subject.

The fact is that you don't always have a good guy and a bad guy in every battle. So I'm not saying that Mobigame have done the right thing or wrong here. But you can't just go and start to ignore the vast amount of evidence available on the internet to show what a shell of a company Edge Games is. My advice would be to make up your own mind, don't just read the articles and news on this matter and follow their opinion. Do a bit of personal research. There is a vast amount of info out there and it's all just a google away.

Look at the statements made by people that Edge Games claims to be working with (and for most how they actually aren't), have a look at the list of games Edge Games claims to have released, look up the list of products currently in production and find out what their current status is.

Do the same for Mobigame too, search and look for information about them and their business.

Ultimately just make up your own mind from the information you find.

That guy was known for screwing dev teams by refusing to pay for their work.

Just because the law's on his side this time doesn't make his practices right or his case "legitimate".

Beltom1066:

lewiswhitling:
Windows, Apple, Blizzard, Blackberry, id etc... these are all words that have been trademarked by companies. Calling your game "blizzard" or "Windows" would warrant and even demand exactly the same legal ramifications that Edge have dolled out.

Arn't they are trademarked as "Microsoft Windows", "Apple Inc." and "Blizzard Entertainment", so you would not be infringing on copyright if you used the words you listed?
Anyway, this whole thing is a total mess. Edge games shouldn't be allowed to trademark a often used word and Mobigames shouldn't be idiots when it comes to infringing that copyright. If you look at it in a certain way, however, if Edge ever gets put back on the Apple App Store, then it will have had loads of publicity. Any publicity is good publicity as they say.

Yah, but i think they're called "Edge Games".. not just edge. I think the fact still remains that this is a fairly regular business dispute, which has equally un-innocent people involved in a pretty unkind environment. I think that Edge Games have been arbitrarily targeted, just because of the unique relationship these two companies have.

Now this shed some very interesting light on the issue, but I am nonetheless not sure that Edge Games have a legitimate dispute. As I understand it, as a general rule, the more general and widely-used the trademarked term in question, the more narrow the categories of goods and services which will infringe. With "Edge" being no more than a common noun, I suspect any court would give it a very limited jurisdiction. Thus, if you were trying to set up a computer games company called Edge, Mr. Langdell's complaint would unquestionably be justified; however, given the common nature of the word in question, a single computer game might be sufficiently distinct as to not represent an actual infringement.

(Not a legal opinion, etc.)

Since reading this I have filed a trademark application for the word "the". Anytime someone uses it in a title they will have to pay me. I shall be rich beyond my wildest dreams yet at the same time look like a complete twat.

mlkjhgfds:
That guy was known for screwing dev teams by refusing to pay for their work.

Just because the law's on his side this time doesn't make his practices right or his case "legitimate".

People seem to be under the assumption that because something is legal, it's automatically right. I keep getting the impression here that "oh what he's doing is legal so he isn't a massive dildo after all" No.

It's like saying we shouldn't criticize some conglomerate for polluting a lot. They may legally be able to be able to, but that doesn't make it any less of a dick move on their part. Or we shouldn't criticize some (-Godwins Law Phrase Redacted-) for saying we should (-Godwins Law Phrase Redacted-). Sure he can legally say that, it doesn't mean we're wrong for calling him out on it.

Why doesn't BLizzard or Apple sue people for making products with word Blizzard or Apple in it? Because they would look like idiots and face a wave of criticism like this Tim Langdell guy is. Edge the video game has nothing to due with Edge the game company. Neither does The Edge the movie. Or the upcoming game Edge of Twilight, a phrase Tim Langdell just applied to trademark. Gee I wonder why he did that?

Tim Langdell's company exists for the sole purpose of abusing copyright law. He should not be sitting on the IGDA board. Abusing copyright law, no matter the legality of it, is still a dick move. Nobody here needs to feel bad about calling a douche bag out for acting like a douche bag.

tl;dr Tim Langdell is still a massive tool well deserving of all the increased scorn, scrutiny, criticism, attention, and nerd rage he's been getting flung at him. Keep it up.

CD-R:

BehattedWanderer:
So Langdell is in the right. There was clear violation of law, with intent to do so. Langdell has every right to press Mobigames for copyright enfringement, which he did. He's not even all that big of a dick, if you think about it, he was just following legal counsel and saying 'hold up'.

http://www.tigsource.com/pages/edge-games

No. Read through this. He is still a pretty big dick.

I rescind previous statement. He is a dick, thank you. Which has actually made me wonder one thing: were any of his shit games being re-ported when Mobigames named their game? Because if nothing his company made a decade plus ago was being replayed at the time, I can totally see why Mobigames went forward they way they did, because he wasn't defending the copyright.

Valdsator:
So wait, if I were to make a game called When Blizzards Attack, would I get slapped in the face by Blizzard?

If not, then doesn't that mean a *game* called Edge is fine because Edge Games is a game *company's* name?

yea, Blizzard probably could, but they don't.

Do you know why?

Because their business turns a profit on _video games_ NOT bullying people into purchasing licensing over trademark infringement. Sure, Langdell never won any $ in court because it's all settled outside of court. The money he is extorting isn't on the public record.

I've been following this issue since day 1, and have read _everything_ including court documents, transcribed emails, forum posts and all the rest. The journo here is in the "hmm, well it _is_ legal" stage of grief. But really, when you start to uncover more and more about Tim's character you come to the grim realization that while this _is_ legal, that may very well be what makes it so utterly awful.

Being within your legal rights sadly has very little to do with being a good person. You've got to have your own laws to live by. I believe they're called morals or something...

EDIT: also to the "well do you just expect me to give up my company i've had for 30 odd years?" question from Langdell. Well, yes. Yes I do. If I had a video game company (and I do) and I wasn't making/organzing a video game for even a full year, let alone 15, I'd have a hard time keeping that business afloat, right? The business is pretty much dead at that point, no? Of course, we all know this has nothing to do with making and selling video games and everything to do with taking advantage of the legal system.

"Why doesn't BLizzard or Apple sue people for making products with word Blizzard or Apple in it? Because they would look like idiots and face a wave of criticism like this Tim Langdell guy is."

How I wish that were true. But that is not the reason, and it is not how IP law works. Those companies usually don't sue because the products are not in the same sphere of goods and services (and are obligated to take action if they are), but certainly do sue when they are in the same market. See Apple Corp v Apple Records (or whatever they were actually called in the case): dispute between the Beatles label and Apple computers, primarily over iTunes moving into the music business and hence the same market. Blizzard are yet to have there trademark tested in their own market, to the best of my knowledge. But if they were, then "looking like a dick" aside, they would probably have no choice but to take action to defend their mark or risk losing it.

None of which makes me support Langdell, as I said above.

ben---neb:
Since reading this I have filed a trademark application for the word "the". Anytime someone uses it in a title they will have to pay me. I shall be rich beyond my wildest dreams yet at the same time look like a complete twat.

Doesn't work like that, you don't just patent the word you patent it in an application IE Apple didn't trademark the whole word "apple" They trademarked it prolly for something like Computer hardware and software usage.(+ a ton others related to their company).

Differing companies can trademark the same word, think dairy queen and their "blizzard" icecream, and Blizzard and their games. Same word differing applications.

You could possibly trademark something like "T.H.E" gaming company but not the actual word because the only usage is in speech to denote something.

Mobigames had never heard of Edge Games prior to being harassed by Langdell, it's already been discussed. When They received the first letter signed by Tim Langdell in April, they suggested to change the name of the game to EDGY, and you know what Langdell did? He made an application for the trademark EDGY, just to block'em. This has been known for about two months or more now and Langdell EVADED all questions regarding this act, until recently. (he needed time to think of his strategy?)/ He did the same to Souledge, or Edge of Twilight, and more recently to Killer Edge Racing.

Edge Games never released a video game, it is a one man company. If you want to know who is Tim Langdell you should read this page: http://tigsource.com/pages/edge-games/
There is also a long going thread on the IGDA's forums where Langdell's lies are all put to the test, with evidence dug up, hard questions asked, and no response from Langdell, except rare elusive ones that totally fail to answer what he's asked.

Just a tiny bit of reading of all the information dug up on the IGDA's forums or TIGsource would havemade it clear to the author that Langdell DOESN'T HAVE A CASE, since he has not realeased products in years, and his "evidence" that Bobby Bearing was released on mobile phones or that other games he sold during the past five years were all DEBUNKED.
Shame on the Escapist for this parody of an article. And shame to commenters saying that now they "know all the facts".

This is a case where technically the villain is right (Yes, he owns the rights to that particular word, and technically Edge shouldn't be titled it) but un-technically he's just being an ass about it, for lack of a better term. Why didn't he go after EA when they released Mirror's Edge? And then he puts MIRRORS a game by EDGE on the front page of his site, which clearly is trying to gain attention by brand confusion, which seems to be the very thing he's arguing against Edge (the game) for. A sane judge should look at that and say "Hmm, you don't like that this little guy took your candy, so you started pushing other people into the mud."

This is a whitewash. If you ignore context or facts, Langdell is a victim!

Blithely accepting that Langdell's trademarks are legitimate or enforceable makes the whole piece pointless. The question isn't whether it's right to be able to trademark a word, it's exactly what Edge owns, whether they have a claim to it, where it's applicable and whether they've acted appropriately, in Mobigames' case or in the various historical cases that Edge until recently boasted about on their website.

Sure, the silly end of the games press has jumped on the story to demonise Langdell, but many more diligent people have been following it too.

Other IGDA members have been scrutinising Langdell's history closely on their message boards. Several people who have worked or corresponded with Langdell/Edge in the past have added their voices. And Sheridan's (solicitors) think that Mobigames at least have a case.

If you'd prefer an overview of the affair which doesn't blur or omit established facts, try Eurogamer: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/the-edge-of-reason

Pallindromemordnillap:
I read this, and I read the points that are pro-Langdell, but I still say he is being an idiot. Yes he may own the rights to "Edge games" or "The Edge" or whatever his copyright covers exactly, and yes he can draw comparisons between Apple and Blizzard who also have normal words copyrighted. But he misses the point that Blizzard don't sue every weatherman who mentions that particular meteorological phenomenon. This person has called their game Edge. Nothing alludes to Edge games. But he sues them anyway. It's just a pointless piece of corporate bullishness

It doesn't work like that. When you copyright something you prevent the use of a certain word within a certain area of the market. If I made a company that sold socks and called it fluffy (I have no idea why this was the first idea that came to mind) it would be copyrighted within the clothing industry. This means no one else can use the word "fluffy" to sell clothes, but they could use it to sell food or technology or whatever the hell else they want as long as it isn't clothes. The main reason is to prevent brand confusion (people buying the wrong thing or using a better known product to advertise their own by using the others brand name). So Blizzard haven't copyrighted the word Blizzard just it's use withtin the games industry. The same can be said of EDGE, you could sell edge razorblades or edge socks or edge tables, just not any edge games. If you did EDGE have to legally defend their copyright or they forfeit it and lose out on money advertising etc.

Don't get me wrong I haven't picked a side because to be completely honest I've just come back from holiday and have only just heard about this entire thing.

No offense Andy but I was not impressed by this bit of writing.

While I can understand playing devils advocate, you've completely omitted several key facts of the situation to paint Tim as the victim. Making this nothing more than yellow-journalism.

While I can understand the right to protect his trademark, pursuing only lesser known companies/games for trademark infringement is a key indicator that this guy is nothing more than patent troll.

Why go for Edge of Twilight and Edgy instead of Mirrors Edge? because he knew, legally, EA could beat him in a fair fight. If he was truly looking to protect his trademark and had a valid case he'd take on EA as well to protect his IP, isn't that supposed to be all he cares about?

Furthermore why do you think he has reached an amicable resolution with Edge of Twilight (even after pulling the dick move of copyrighting their game AFTER threatening them)? It's because the company is broke! there's no money to milk. Fuzzeyes is in it's death throws and this vulture swooped in too late.

While Mobi may have pulled some dick moves on Tim as well, I can understand being pissed off at this patent troll coming in and being a leach on the game development industry.

He's a patent troll at best clinging on to 80's ports and vaporware - if he wants to be taken serious as a game developer again he needs to "shit or get off the pot".

how is the law possibly on his side, the trademark of his is for Edge games not the specific word edge excuse me if im wrong but i dont think your allowed to sue someone for the use of a word thats part of your trademark, if so many companys would be stopped window companys groceries etc. this man is greedy and lives off the scraps of the gaming world by attacking small time developers (mirrors edge wasnt a problem i wonder why though sc) and extorting them, my point is this man is in the wrong and he knows hes in the wrong but he uses technicalities and loopholes to prove himself right. a leech by any other name

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