Langdell Loses Trademarks in Finalized Judgment

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Langdell Loses Trademarks in Finalized Judgment

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A final judgment has been rendered against Tim Langdell and Edge Games, stripping him of several trademarks and forcing him to notify his licensees that he no longer holds them.

The bad news train has officially pulled into Edge Game Station: Judge William Alsup has signed off on the final judgment against Tim Langdell's game company, which had taken action against EA for violating its trademarks with the 2008 release Mirror's Edge. Bad move, as it turns out, as rather than the legal victory which Edge claimed was "completely certain," the company has been hit with a thudding and almost certainly final defeat.

The courts have now officially stripped Langdell of his "edge," "cutting edge" and "gamer's edge" trademarks, and further ordered him to inform all "edge" licensees that he no longer holds the trademarks. "Plaintiff shall notify all persons and entities with whom a licensing agreement has been obtained involving the trademarks asserted herein that the marks have been canceled and provide these persons and entities with a copy of the order denying plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction and the final judgment," the ruling says. Langdell has until noon on October 15 to provide a sworn statement that he has provided all such notifications.

There was a sliver of good news for Langdell in the judgment, as he won't be required to pay any damages to Electronic Arts or cover the company's legal fees. On the downside, the loss could expose him to legal action from other companies who have incurred losses and expenses as a result of his actions, although EA appears satisfied with its victory and ready to move on. "We're pleased that we've reached a settlement and can put this behind us," the publisher said in a statement. "This settlement goes a long way in protecting the rights of independent developers."

Source: GamesIndustry

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Justice has finally been served to this asshole

Haha! I wake up and find a bit of good news. I like it.

Every once in a long while, it's good to see Karma actually bite back.

Nice to see the judge finally signed off. :D

qbanknight:
Justice has finally been served to this asshole

No, justice won't have been served until that sleaze is actually punished for his actions and publicly humiliated. I think a fitting punishment would be a 6 month sentence to live under a bridge like the troll he is.

About time this prick got what he had coming. Let's have three cheers.

So what did this guy do?

That's EA for you: they stomp all over some tool's big idea, and then convert his screams into positive PR. Sometimes, I love those crazy bastards.

VicunaBlue:
So what did this guy do?

I think it was sue any and every company that had the word "Edge" in their product name.

Also, he's very lucky EA didn't force him to pay for any damages (imagine if he sued activision, couldn't resist).

I'm sure I'm gonna hate myself for asking this, but, who is Tim Langdell?

I'd like an update on the 15th to see if Langdell really does call off the bad licenses on all the indy game companies. Chances are he'll try to weedle his way around it by saying that '_ edge' is still good or that it's a different 'edge' trademark than the ones the judge canceled.

I also want to see reactions from the small game companies that were thrown into this mess. If they sue him over fraud or whatnot. Or if Langdell goes to jail.

ike42:

qbanknight:
Justice has finally been served to this asshole

No, justice won't have been served until that sleaze is actually punished for his actions and publicly humiliated. I think a fitting punishment would be a 6 month sentence to live under a bridge like the troll he is.

Actually, that's not a bad idea

Hooray for EA for destroying the guy!
...

Wow, never thought I would use the words "hooray" and "EA" in the same sentence...

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Quaidis:
I also want to see reactions from the small game companies that were thrown into this mess. If they sue him over fraud or whatnot. Or if Langdell goes to jail.

Oh, I so hope something like that happens. That guy has been a serious cancer for games developers. I want to see him punished for what he did.

ike42:

qbanknight:
Justice has finally been served to this asshole

No, justice won't have been served until that sleaze is actually punished for his actions and publicly humiliated. I think a fitting punishment would be a 6 month sentence to live under a bridge like the troll he is.

That would be beyond hilarious.

And kudos to the judge for striking down this patent troll.

Somehow, I get the feeling we've not heard the last from Langdell...

I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

"We're pleased that we've reached a settlement and can put this behind us," the publisher said in a statement. "This settlement goes a long way in protecting the rights of independent developers."

i dont know why, but i would have said something more along the lines of "HAH, WE RAP#D THAT BASTARD!! who the hell gets the idea that they can "own" a fu&%$ng word!? seriously the nerve on some people!!"

thank god that parasite has being dealt with! let us hope he goes to hell and what happpened to him be an example for other "smart jerks" out there

does anyone else think EA should have gone the extra mile??... i guess they are not kotick, but this ass deserves to be asked "a pony in pink or light red hue"

WanderingFool:
I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

heīs an "smart" guy that copyrighted the word "Edge" or something like that

then demmanded several producers with the word "edge" for the rights of the name

most of them "yielded" because they didnīt had the money to pay the lawyers

but he made the mistake of taking on "Mirrors Edge" wich belongs to "EA"

he sent them a "cease and dessist" order of the use of his "Brand EDGE" in marketing that game

or something like that

you get the idea

lol, I remember reading about this ages ago. Feels good to have a satisfying conclusion :)

Oh noes, does that mean Edge Games will lose it's EDGE on the market? While I admit that basing one's business model only on suing for misuse of a word is so EDGY that there are no rounded surfaces within a mile of their HQ. Actually, scratch that, they're so retarded that they may as well jump off the EDGE of a cliff. Edgy edge, edges, perimeter, edgy edginess that is based on edges. FUCKING EDGE!
Uhm, hurray for EA and common sense at least.

HentMas:

WanderingFool:
I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

heīs an "smart" guy that copyrighted the word "Edge" or something like that

then demmanded several producers with the word "edge" for the rights of the name

most of them "yielded" because they didnīt had the money to pay the lawyers

but he made the mistake of taking on "Mirrors Edge" wich belongs to "EA"

he sent them a "cease and dessist" order of the use of his "Brand EDGE" in marketing that game

or something like that

you get the idea

Oh... so in other words... he fucked up... Im going to go and rofl now...

WanderingFool:
I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

A trademark troll who would essentially extort smaller game developers by threatening legal action against them if they made anything that contained the word "Edge" in it - they'd usually end up settling rather than trying to fight him in court over it. He made the mistake of going after EA with his extremely obvious cash-in attempt "Mirrors" (which he 'advertised' using the graphic in the news post). EA, not being a small developer strapped for cash, was quite content to call Langdell's bluff, and hurray for them for doing so.

WanderingFool:
I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

He hasn't made a game in over 15 years but thinks that he is one of the best indie developers out there. He took the name edge, and other things with edge in it, at a time where imminent domain (I think that's where he got the rights from) allowed him to do so.

So for the last 10 or so years he has been making his money by licensing the games industry to use words like Edge. But over the past few years he has gotten even more greedy and decided to take on more and more devs and eventually EA.

A few months ago indie developers released a ton of mobile games and put the word edge in them, very funny. Of course he sued.

But all is well, the Troll king has been dealt a death blow and we don't need to worry about his stink anymore, or do we?

The only way the industry wins here is if his company goes out of business, sad for its employees but great for the fact that the revenue stream of Tim dissipates. This guy is a greedy, selfish and cruel man. He has been holding small devs to the fires for too long.

I for one have a big thank you to EA today, good news!

HOORAH! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

I'm surprised no one has done this yet:

Langdell lost his trademarks? It seems he also lost....

*sunglasses*

...his edge

YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Bretty:

WanderingFool:
I missed something, didnt I? when did all this start? and who the hell is Tim Langdell and Edge Games?

He hasn't made a game in over 15 years but thinks that he is one of the best indie developers out there. He took the name edge, and other things with edge in it, at a time where imminent domain (I think that's where he got the rights from) allowed him to do so.

So for the last 10 or so years he has been making his money by licensing the games industry to use words like Edge. But over the past few years he has gotten even more greedy and decided to take on more and more devs and eventually EA.

A few months ago indie developers released a ton of mobile games and put the word edge in them, very funny. Of course he sued.

But all is well, the Troll king has been dealt a death blow and we don't need to worry about his stink anymore, or do we?

The only way the industry wins here is if his company goes out of business, sad for its employees but great for the fact that the revenue stream of Tim dissipates. This guy is a greedy, selfish and cruel man. He has been holding small devs to the fires for too long.

I for one have a big thank you to EA today, good news!

That's pretty much right, except that eminent domain is what they call it when the government bulldozes your house so they can put in a bypass.

(Actually, I think they call it something else in England so that reference doesn't really work, but you get the idea.)

coldalarm:
Somehow, I get the feeling we've not heard the last from Langdell...

Yea, I can see him sitting in a chair yelling "Next time EA, next time!"

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Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Andy Chalk:
"This settlement goes a long way in protecting the rights of independent developers."

Am I the only one that finds this an ironic statement coming from a company like EA?

Or am I just confusing it with Activision? XD

Nice to see that Mr. Langdell got Teabagged by EA. For a short bit there I was on Langdell's side until I realized he hasn't published a game in 10 some-odd years.. Now I think he is just being a Troll and has got what he deserved.

HT_Black:
That's EA for you: they stomp all over some tool's big idea, and then convert his screams into positive PR. Sometimes, I love those crazy bastards.

In this case though, I think we can all agree that this is one tool's big idea that needed some stomping. I say Kudos to EA!

Andy Chalk:
There was a sliver of good news for Langdell in the judgment, as he won't be required to pay any damages to Electronic Arts or cover the company's legal fees.

That sucks. They should have buried that clown as much as possible. Honestly, what was he thinking going after EA anyway? A company with that big a piece of the game industry pie isn't going to roll over like a little house dog.

Anyone know enough legalese to know if Langdell could get in trouble with SLAPP laws? Cause as many things to kick this guy while he is down would be great.

Djehuty:

VicunaBlue:
So what did this guy do?

I think it was sue any and every company that had the word "Edge" in their product name.

Also, he's very lucky EA didn't force him to pay for any damages (imagine if he sued activision, couldn't resist).

I thought that too. He must be feeling lucky. If he doesn't, he should be.

mjc0961:

Andy Chalk:
There was a sliver of good news for Langdell in the judgment, as he won't be required to pay any damages to Electronic Arts or cover the company's legal fees.

That sucks. They should have buried that clown as much as possible. Honestly, what was he thinking going after EA anyway? A company with that big a piece of the game industry pie isn't going to roll over like a little house dog.

Yeah. Like they would not have few extra dollars to put for lawyers ;) Langdell could have been slaughtered.

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