If you were around for the original Edge [$2.99] drama back in 2009, chances are you know the story of Tim Langdell all too well. If not, Wikipedia does a decent job of chronicling it, and the whole fiasco basically amounted to a guy thinking he owns nearly ever use of the word "Edge" you could imagine. The iOS platformer Edge seemed to get the brunt of this attack, and things got really crazy when Langdell decided to pick a fight with EA. With vastly more legal resources, I'm not sure it was much of a surprise to anyone that the "Edge" trademarks got nuked, but the courts had actually requested that the trademarks be nullified all the way back in October of 2010.

What took so long is anyone's guess, as according to PocketGamer the trademarks were only officially slain yesterday, but, whatever. Chalk this up to typical US government efficiency, I suppose. It's great to see this drama (finally) come to a close, and here's to the guys at both EA, Mobigame, and everyone else who fought the good fight in sticking up to one of the worst trademark trolls the video game industry had ever seen.

[via PocketGamer]

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    And I'm guessing that Edge & Edge Extended are on sale in honor of this event?

    • DannyTheElite

      No.

      • Greyskull

        You are incorrect. Both are currently on sale for .99, down from 1.99, and the sale took effect today. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Beards2 Beards_Game

    Awesome news. Glad to see this guy's douchebaggery is at an end!

  • Karzay

    Huge win. It gives more firepower to those fighting off trolls.

  • http://www.metzener.com/ Dave Metzener

    I had purchased Edge the moment it came out back in 2009 and was fortunate that I wasn't affected by the lunacy. Mobigame lost a lot of income due to Langdell. I would love to see Mobigame turn around and sue Langdell for damages due to lack of income. Probably can't be done and I'm sure Mobigame can't afford to do it anyway.

    Langdell should be brought to bankruptcy due to all the hell he put Mobigame through, but as others have said, I'm glad it's finally fully over.

  • MidianGTX

    Neat! Been following this case on and off since the beginning. Trademark/patent trolls are still storming the rest of the tech world though, many more battles on the horizon.

  • MrSHakerEsq

    Edge FTW.

  • http://twitter.com/SuperSquawk SuperSquawkSoftware

    Great! Now who's got the resources to take back "Tower Defense" from Com2uS? What do you think they will trademark next? "First Person Shooter", "Role Playing Game", "Football" or "Sports"?

  • swarmster

    One can only hope that some day the TA Plays GameTrailers drama can be resolved as peacefully.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Nice! Now go buy Edge and Edge Ext - they're two the the best touchscreen games you could ever buy.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Nice! Now go buy Edge and Edge Ext - they're two the the best touchscreen games you could ever buy.

  • obamakilledusa

    to Langdell : HA hah

  • DeInit

    Karma is good.