Remember an (awesome) little game called Mirror’s Edge? Did you know that game, among others, caused quite a ruckus because some idiot went and trademarked the word “edge” in a number of forms, including “The Edge”, “Gamer’s Edge”, “Edge” and “Cutting Edge”, then claimed a bunch of people and companies owed him in the form of damages for trademark infringement.
Yeah, that happened.
Well, after years of legal mumbo jumbo – lawyers and judges and tortes, oh my – the whole thing has finally come to an end. Electronic Arts filed a Petition for Cancelation in September of 2009 for crying out loud; how it took our courts four fucking years to get to the bottom of these shenanigans, I have no earthly clue, but it is, at long last, over with.
Yesterday, a notice confirmed the cancellation of all of the offending trademarks and patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as ordered by the U.S. District Court in California. Today, Tim Langdell, the douchebag who filed the trademarks in the first place, submitted a formal whine to the courts in the form of a letter of protest from “Edge Games”, an alleged company of which he is the alleged CEO.
In response to the court’s ruling, Mobigame discounted their mobile game Edge, which had been included in Langdell’s lawsuit and was removed from the App Store for a period of time. Mobigame’s David Papazian said, “it took us two years to create Edge from scratch, then we waited four additional years for this day to happen. This story represent six years of our lives but now the road is totally clear for Edge. We are so happy for all the victims of this trademark troll, truth and justice finally won! We feel that we have to celebrate this major event in some ways, and we hope all the good people we met along the road will celebrate with us.”
All in all, I’d say it’s a good day for justice. Now someone should trademark “Langdell” and sue the balls off this guy. Just sayin’.