With how fast the App Store news cycle moves, the original removal of Edge [$2.99] by Mobigame seems like a million years ago. TIGSource has an excellent and incredibly in-depth recap, but in a nutshell Tim Langdell has been trolling game developers for quite some time now by holding a trademark on the word "Edge" and has used that trademark to legally harass anyone who uses it in the title of the game. This not only resulted in Edge's temporary removal from the App Store, but also Namco's Soul Edge to be sold as Soul Calibur in the United States.

This trademark trolling was mildly successful for Langdell until he set his sights on gaming industry giant EA for their use of the word "edge" in the title of Mirror's Edge [$1.99 / HD]. This awoken a legal sleeping giant of sorts which as of this morning has resulted in an awesome court ruling that specifically cites "trolling", per Industry Gamers:

The court has denied Edge Games’ motion for injunction, citing that it believes that Langdell made fraudulent statements to the US Patent and Trademark Office and strongly believes that Langdell is “suspect,” and has been “trolling” the game industry for licensing opportunities. His actions could possibly warrant “criminal penalties.”

While we'll have to see what comes of the "criminal penalties" mentioned, this is a huge win for independent game developers like Mobigame who don't have the financial coffers to defend against an onslaught of frivolous lawsuits. However, something tells me this isn't the last we'll hear of Tim Langdell.

[Industry Gamers via The Sixth Axis]

  • Russiaone1

    Read this earlier... What- An- Ass. LOL. He deserves to have a suit brought against him. I hope he gets jail time. Dumb ass.

  • Liveinabin

    Soul Edge got renamed Soul Blade. The later Soul Calibur was titled the same worldwide.

  • http://twitter.com/NoSuperMan ImNoSuperMan

    Enough of your trolling Tim. Guess you were too dumb to not see this coming. Seriously, wth was this idiot thinking suing EA with such a baseless and ridiculous claim.

    Hope they dont just dismiss this case and do punish this idiot with some nice and long jailtime for all of his fraudulent cases.

    • Fletch12

      being a hyprocrite as usual

  • Anonymous

    Score.

  • LBG

    Yeah I hope he gets jail time too, he totally deserves it.

    • http://twitter.com/The_Unflattered Jeff Krus

      That's a hard thing to wish on anyone. Prisons should be reserved for violent criminals and big finance criminals only.

      • cyberpyrot

        So lets say you are a small time developer and you spen your entire savings on making a game and you had no idea of this guys existance. You spend money posting ads about your game building hype getting pre orders ready. This guy knowing you are making this bame and are almost done waits till you release it just to sue you into bankrupsy for some completly unrelated trademark. When and if this ever happens to you maybe you will want the guy to get a slap on the wrist while you are stuggling to feed your family.

      • Vulture3

        Screw that, I pay hard earned tax dollars to feed and house criminals like him. Might as well get my money's WORFFF!

      • LBG

        As cyberpyrot said, he has cost lots of developers money for the time their app has been taken off the app store. He is responsible for that and needs to be punished. I'm not saying he should be slammed in jail for years, but I think a month or two in prison might teach him a lesson.

    • Rob

      How old are you typing comments like that then? IDIOT.

      • 11LBG11

        Old enough to know that there are plenty of f*cknuts in the world such as yourself.

  • Joe

    The criminal penalties comment was likely used more as a deterrent, not a promise of future charges.

  • Norp

    Tim Langdell is a Contemptuous Oily Court Knave.

  • GodSon

    Karma...

  • TheOrioles33

    How the hell did he get "Edge" trademarked in the first place? Ridiculous!

    • thewiirocks

      Trademarks are very narrowly defined. So it's ok to have a trademark on "Edge" magazine so that you can prevent anyone else from having a magazine of the same name. What this tool did is that he attempted to apply a trademark to other areas of business without either a) the trademark office granting a trademark for those businesses or b) actually doing business in those sectors with the "Edge" trademark.

      Of course, even if he satisfied either or both of those conditions, "Mirror's Edge" is *not* confusingly similar to "Edge". Which means that the guy is a troll and a tool anyway you cut it. (But you already knew that.)

  • sammysin

    Couldn't have happened to a better douche.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZSH34UP6R2TTHTDQ2UQIUCHGNU andrzej raczynski

    this might be the first time i congratulate EA on anything.

    too bad EA doesn't finish the job and keep him tied up in litigation for years until he bleeds to death.

  • badmanj

    Would this open him up for law suits from those developers previously impacted by his trolling, for loss of sales as a result of having to either rename or withdraw their products? Wouldn't that be great!

  • Klouud

    Good! He's a douche!

  • cyberpyrot

    this practice is not uncommon there are people out there that try and trade mark common words in the hop to be able to ger royalties for the use of sad name. I wish the courts would ban the use of words found in the english dictionary as trade markable. there are two other examples of this Monster Cable the company that makes useless overpriced cables which has been proven to be just as good as cheaper cables has sued Monster.com and Monster Energy drink. Part of the settlement for monster.com was to have a link at the bottom of there page stating they where not related to the cable. also there was a company trying to trademark the letters "NSFW" obviously trying to capitolize on past usage from every site on earth.

  • Aros2k

    FINISH HIM

  • Anonymous

    What a D-bag...

  • DukeDemonKn1ght

    This guy needs to go to "federal pound-you-in-the-ass prison," as they say on Office Space.

    • Rob

      Can we have this idiot rmoved please, comments like this are not needed on this site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Hey, you got to give him credit for taking his BS claim all the way to the end when he KNOWS he doesn't have a chance in Hell.

    I mean, if he didn't at least try he'd just be admitting, "I'm full of BS and am too cowardly to push this issue once I'm up against the big guns and therefore admitting how selective I've been in who I try to enforce this TM against."

    I heard recently that Susan Powter is trade marking her line, "Stop the Insanity" while at the same time swearing she has no intention of using it again herself as it would be too gimmicky at this point. So clearly the ONLY point to this is hoping to scam a few bucks from anyone else bold enough to use this "COMMON PHRASE" since she knows her time in the spotlight is long gone.

    • Anonymous

      More like he just got in too deep. He's had so much luck with people just giving in to his bullying that he didn't expect them to call his bluff.

  • Bestest

    What a sad, pathetic loser that guy is. Get some jail time, and take it in the rear buddy!

    • Rob

      and another childish comment, kiddie comment at best.

      • Anonymous

        Complain about others much? >:-/

  • Forest

    What exactly do Edge Games do? I've been suspicious since I checked them out when Edge was first taken down, seriously check this out and see if it don't stink http://www.edgegames.com/edgestore.htm .... I also don't seem to remember this "Mirrors" game being on their the last time I looked either, due out summer 2010??? still on their site as pre order?... is it coincidence that googling "Mirrors by Edge Games" comes up with nothing other than Mirrors Edge... It stinks man! I'm glad he's lost, and I hope he looses a lot!

    • David

      Hahaha even better than this: check for the "buy" link. It redirects to Amazon and the reviews are aweful. Delivering blank DVDs, lame stickers....

      • tsharpfilm

        Lol. Sounds like he's a damn con artist.

    • clebin

      Back in the '80s they released some good stuff - games like Fairlight and Bobby Bearing were highly respected and I remember buying Inside Outing and being impressed. Not the sort of company you would imagine doing this.

      Anyway, Langdell's royally f'ed up his reputation with these sad, bitter legal moves and has nothing to show for it. No more than you deserve, Tim...

      • Anonymous

        the developers of fairlight (among others with games released by edge, if I'm not mistaken) were never paid for their job.

      • clebin

        Thanks, I never knew that. Wikipedia took me to this email from Bo Jangeborg:

        "I had to get a lawyer to get them [Tim and Cheri] to pay me the money they owed me for Fairlight. They refused to pay me, unless I signed up to make more games for them. As a result, Fairlight II was released without my approval, with several known bugs. In the end, I ended up getting some money but they ended up with the rights to Fairlight [My note: that Langdell is now releasing for the WiiWare, according to his website]. I didn't sign up for any more games..... ;o)"

        "Generally speaking you could definitely say I'm not very fond of the Langdell's or their way of doing business. I can only state that they have spent a lot of time in court."

  • Anonymous

    When will we see a retina update for Edge?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551080582 Nick Papageorge

      Are you high? Why are you posting this here, of ALL places?

      • Anonymous

        Because it's the internet?

  • Yo Bro!

    What a D-Bag

    • Anonymous

      Hey that's what I said!

      • Yo Bro!

        Oh damn it is lol didn't see that xD

  • Howard

    Back o'the net! Great result!

  • Patapom

    At the moment, Tim must be on edge ! ^_^

  • br1an

    Excellent! Now how about someone bring StoneLoops back to the App Store?

    • http://twitter.com/DaKleine Mark

      Yes please! Good that I still have it on my computer and iPod!

  • Javierbds

    Today, my faith in humanity rose a little. I guess even developers from the 80s that this ... being ... scammed are celebrating (Hi Bo, Fairlight forever!.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503776641 Matthew Winkworth

    I don't know why everyone's calling him a douche. I'm going to break the mould and call him a prize bell-end.

    If I ever become a noteworthy singer-songwriter (I'm working on it) I will call my first CD "Edge", just for the free publicity he would provide me.

    • Forest

      Make sure you get "The Edge" off ov U2 to do a guitar twiddle in the middle :)

  • Googlyhead

    Not previously been interested in ea's mirror's edge, but I'm considering buying it just out of respect for this.
    Might pop a comment in the review. :-)
    Now; iPad or iPhone version...

  • Tim Langdell

    I will succeed.

  • Anonymous

    EA should make a couple of games with the word "Edge" just to rub it in.

  • Snakeoil

    I hope he goes to jail

  • Dyscode

    It´s about time some one takes puts this man out of business.

  • E_Domina

    "OH NO!!! GameStop has the Edge Card!!! WTFWTFWTF!!!! I BETTER SUE! I TRADEMARKED IT!!! HOLY POOP!!!!"

    -Tim Langdell searching a GameStop for games with Edge in the name.

    Anyway, Edge on the iPhone was great. But then... he comes along. Good thing EA comes along and kicks his but into nine pieces

  • Misfitskater6

    Tim Langdell is one ugly motherfucker.

  • Stevenkraan

    Anyone already played Edge (R) iPhone classics such as Bobby Bearing Remix and Firebirds Remix? They should be released this summer...

  • Anonymous

    Not often I say this, but, Hooray for EA!

  • http://www.mooedia.co.uk Tom - mooedia

    Nice one EA, they have done something right! (now sort out FIFA 11! hehe!)

    Seriously tho, this guy deserves everything he gets. The amount of lives he has ruined with his petty claims. What a muppet!