Court to Cancel Tim Langdell's "Edge" Trademarks?

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Court to Cancel Tim Langdell's "Edge" Trademarks?

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After a long legal battle, the trademark showdown between EA and Tim Langdell is over - and Langdell probably isn't happy right now.

Earlier this week, we reported that "patent troll" Tim Langdell's suit against EA regarding Mirror's Edge - and how it allegedly infringed on his trademarked rights to the word "Edge" - had been thrown out of court. The bad news keeps coming for Langdell, because it seems that the court has sided with EA on the other lawsuit at hand: EA's request to dismiss Langdell's trademarks.

I will freely admit that I am no lawyer, and some of the legal terminology goes over my head (what's the difference between a "(proposed) final judgment" and an actual final judgement?). Still, from what I can understand of the court order in question (and this is either the real deal or the world's most convincing fake), the court has found in favor of EA on all counts - and has ordered several (if not all) of Tim Langdell's trademarks canceled.

The parties having stipulated to the disposition of the claims in this action, FINAL JUDGMENT IS HEREBY ENTERED in favor of Defendant and Counterclaimant Electronic Arts Inc. ("EA") and Counterclaimant and Counter-Counterdefendant EA Digital Illusions CE AB ("DICE"), and against Plaintiff, Counterdefendant, and Counter Counterclaimant Edge Games, Inc. and Counterdefendant The Edge Interactive Media, Inc., on all claims, counterclaims, and counter-counterclaims, with the exception of the Sixth Claim for Relief (Declaratory Relief) in the Counterclaim asserted by Counterclaimants EA and EA DICE, which is dismissed without prejudice in accordance with the parties' stipulation.

Pursuant to Section 37 of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1119, the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks are hereby ordered to cancel U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 2,219,837; 2,251,584; 3,105,816; 3,559,342; and 3,381,826. The Clerk of the Court is further directed to certify a copy of this Final Judgment to the Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office.

Each party shall bear its owns costs and fees in this matter.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Legalspeak aside, it seems pretty straightforward to me. It isn't clear whether this cancels all of Langdell's trademarks or merely the offending ones, but it seems that the name "Edge" may once again be up for grabs.

Coincidentally, earlier today we reported that Mobigame's David Papazian had said that Langdell would remain a threat until his trademarks were canceled. Perhaps he spoke too soon.

(Thanks to Martin Piper for sending this in!)

Update/Correction: Some of our more legal-savvy readers have helpfully explained what this proposed final judgment is - it is a document submitted to the court (in this case, via EA's lawyers) to request an actual final judgment.

Given that the judge has not signed off on this yet, the court has not yet filed for Langdell's trademarks to be dismissed - sorry to get people's hopes up. However, given that both EA's and Edge's attorneys have apparently agreed to this, I am told that it is likely that it will be accepted.

Law is confusing. Thanks Starke and Mick West for the clarification.

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This is awesome. I'm holding a parade to commemorate this. Anyone want to join me?

Oh my... There is justice in the world!

Watch the sudden rise of games released bearing the title 'Edge'.

John Funk:
"(proposed) final judgment" and an "(actual) final judgement?".

I would guess that the proposed one is what is, well, proposed before the final verdict is reached.

This is further great news, though.

Well that took long enough, but it finally happened! Take that Langdell!

YAY!! First Michael Atkinson steps down and now this troll is being vanquished oh Happy day.

Glad to see EA got the edge.

That's all I've got to say on that one.

Irridium:
Glad to see EA got the edge.

I actually just got the sole rights to the word 'Edge' myself, so I'll see you in court.

OT: Good, the stupid prick.

Beautiful.

Aqualung:
Watch the sudden rise of games released bearing the title 'Edge'.

I think all the developers who were sued to begin with should all announce games with the word 'Edge' in their title, just to twist the knife a bit.

Finally! One more idiot swept under the rug never to be heard from again hopefully.

About time someone cut this jerk down to size. Go EA!

I wonder if Langdell also trademarked 'counter'. If so then whoever wrote that owes him big time. At least we can say edge without looking over our shoulders now.

Snowden's Secret:

That's all I've got to say on that one.

Fixed :3

This is good news indeed, time to start work on the "Edge of edgeiness: Edged Edge

I think this sets a nice case for blowing some holes in apples attempt to stop start-up using it in their new product.

Honestly. Unique words should be protected trademarks, but not words that are common language. Thats just silly.

trademark and domain squatting is akin to trial lawyering. these people are leeches and hope they go broke while trying to get rich quick and filing silly lawsuits trying for a cash grab on some bs stunt they pulled.

Oh hell YES!
Finally this prick was shut down. Common words should never ever be allowed to be trademarked.

buy teh haloz:
This is awesome. I'm holding a parade to commemorate this. Anyone want to join me?

My float shall dispense cookies, cake, and swarthy concubines. Am I in?

Joe Deadman:

Snowden's Secret:

That's all I've got to say on that one.

Fixed :3

This is good news indeed, time to start work on the "Edge of edgeiness: Edged Edge

Shite. Thanks ever so much. It shan't happen again. :D

Langdell should have had to pay EA's court cost for inciting this stupidity.

I bet Edge magazine in the UK is going to be happy that they will probably no longer need to pay this retard's company money to use the name.

Yup. Langdell overplayed his hand when he went up against EA. If he'd swallowed his pride and been a bit more lenient against such a big corporation he wouldn't have lost his trademark. I'm not complaining though, the prick had it coming.

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There is a God, and he hath spoken this day.

coldalarm:

John Funk:
"(proposed) final judgment" and an "(actual) final judgement?".

I would guess that the proposed one is what is, well, proposed before the final verdict is reached.

This is further great news, though.

As I recall, a proposed judgment is filed by the attorneys in the case, sort of a request for what to do next. If the proposed judgment has been accepted and entered as is, then this mess is over. If not, then we've still got some time to wait.

EDIT: Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer either, but I have spent a fair amount of time in court and law classes, so I've picked up a few things. I was involved in a case with proposed judgments, but its possible that there are other meanings.

EDIT 2: Yeah, that's exactly what this is, it's a filing from one of the attorneys representing EA and DICE, it isn't an actual court order.

Frank_Sinatra_:
Oh hell YES!
Finally this prick was shut down. Common words should never ever be allowed to be trademarked.

buy teh haloz:
This is awesome. I'm holding a parade to commemorate this. Anyone want to join me?

My float shall dispense cookies, cake, and swarthy concubines. Am I in?

Hell yes, you are in. My float will just be a massive Tim-Langdell that everyone can throw stuff at and even defecate on.

It's "proposed" because the judge has not signed it yet (ar at least, as of yesterday). However both EA and Edge HAVE agreed to this (the longer "stipulation" is signed by both their lawyers), so it's basically a done deal.

I have prepared a few words.

AHAHAHA! SUCK IT, LANGDELL! AHAHAHAHAHA!

Thus endeth my thoughts on the matter.

Now I can finally make my dream game!

"Edge: The Edgy Edge of Edginess! Join the Edgy Main Character Edge in his Edgy new adventure!"

"And on this day, God told Langdell NO.
And the Public did rejoice, amen."

Snoopy Dance time!

It shouldn't have been allowed in the first place.

Where's your God now Langdell?!

I can finally make Space Edge: The Edgening! :'D

Ea has gained back a bit of respect after medal of honor

Well it doesn't necessarily stop him from filing another trademark, but the patents office might be more hesitant this time in granting it.

Here's the longer "Stipulation", signed by both parties (but again, not yet by the judge).

http://cowboyprogramming.com/files/Stipulation.pdf

So Edge is soon up for grabs again? The word may be used freely once more?

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