Langdell losing grip on Edge trademark

Langdell losing grip on Edge trademark

By Rob Crossley

March 25th 2010 at 10:12AM

Court documents suggest that EA is speeding towards legal victory

Tim Langdell’s confrontational use of the Edge trademark may be coming to an end.

A new legal document in circulation suggests that the Edge Games boss will likely lose trademark protection on the word ‘Edge’, following a legal pursuit from EA.

Electronic Arts crossed paths with Langdell following the release of the FPS Mirror’s Edge, a game with a title Langdell deemed unacceptable.

Langdell, as he does with all games which use the common noun ‘edge’, pursued legal action against the game’s developer DICE.

His confidence in being protected by the Edge trademark was revealed to Develop back in November, when he claimed that EA’s legal fight is “guaranteed to fail since EA has failed to meet the basic requirements to get a mark cancelled in either territory.”

He said, “Despite rumours to the contrary, Edge Games has either won every dispute in the past 20 years over the mark Edge or has settled amicably with the other party ending the dispute with an agreement in Edge Games' favour."

“That acknowledges and reaffirms Edge's ownership of the mark Edge.”

The new documents suggest, however, that Langdell’s trademark is in process of being cancelled, pending stipulations of trademark law.

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Johan Andersson, a rendering architect at EA studio DICE with a passion for Twitter, broke the news. His initial message has since been deleted.

Andersson followed up by claiming that “on a second note, that 'Edge' news was probably not a confirmed kill, more of a good update. But should be inevitable.”

Develop is contacting the parties involved for comment.

Andersson has expressed that his views are personal opinion, adding that his perspective on the situation has not come with any inside knowledge.

The legal matter remains unresolved.