Tim Langdell and Edge Games are at it again, launching another lawsuit, this time claiming trademark infringement against videogame giant Electronic Arts.
The lawsuit revolves around what Edge terms “willful infringement and unfair competition” in regards to EA’s Mirror’s Edge franchise. The suit seeks a court injunction against EA’s “continued infringement” and includes claims for treble damages.
From a press release announcing the lawsuit:
…Edge Games sent a cease-and-desist letter in July 2007 after learning of EA’s intentions to launch Mirror’s Edge. Rather than responding to the letter, the lawsuit states, EA instead filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in an attempt to register the Mirror’s Edge name. The USPTO denied the application in early 2008, stating that EA’s planned use of Mirror’s Edge would likely cause confusion with several registered trademarks maintained by Edge Games.
Edge claims that EA did not respond to their inquiries until October of 2008, and then soon after “launched the Mirror’s Edge line without Edge Games’ approval.”
In September of last year, EA filed a Consolidated Petition for Cancellation against trademarks registered to Edge, including the terms “The Edge,” Gamer’s Edge,” “Edge” and “Cutting Edge.”
Langdell and Mobigames have also been battling over an iPhone game originally entitled Edge, which Mobigames subsequently renamed to Edgy.
The latest suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. Edge is being repped by the Lanier Law Firm.
Edge claims that it “and its predecessor companies comprise one of the oldest surviving video game development and publishing businesses in the U.S.," and that "Edge Games and its related entities have used the “Edge” trademark since 1984.”