Judge rules against edgy 'troll' Langdell

fuck_you_fucknuts.jpg Tim "Edge Games" Langdell has lost a round in court with EA over the use of his "Edge" trademarks. In refusing his request for a preliminary injunction, judge William Alsup described Edge Games as 'trolling' and suggested that it could face criminal charges. "Given the suspect nature of Dr. Langdell's representations to both the USPTO and the Court concerning plaintiff's current and future sales and business activities, it is an open question whether plaintiff's business activities legitimately extend beyond trolling various gaming-related industries for licensing opportunities," wrote the judge.
Alsup offered as an example a game Edge claimed to have released in 2004, but which did not have a public website until years later, which the USPTO relied upon when renewing Edge Game's trademark in 2009. Langdell has claimed agreements with other companies, including Marvel, Future Publishing and Velocity Micro., all of whom used the word "Edge" in products. EA, however, challenged the trademark after Langdell added the logo of its game "Mirror's Edge" to his website, bizarrely edited to suggest Langdell had developed a nearly identical title. Soon thereafter, Langdell sued EA for infringing the "Edge" trademark. Gamers, outraged by Langdell's use of the trademark to force a popular game off Apple's Appstore, themselves uncovered more of Edge Games' curious antics. Kyle Orland, writing in Gamasutra, notes the most amusing: crudely doctored box art filed with the US Patents and Trademarks Office, which Judge Alsup said may warrant criminal penalties. In his order, Alsup even created info-graphics comparing Dr. Langdell's USPTO filings with the actual products, describing in detail "evidence of fraud" that forces the court to play "spot the differences:" Order denying preliminary injunction [PDF] Court Refuses Preliminary Injunction In Edge Trademark Case [Gamasutra] Previously: Trademark wars: Edge vs Edge -- Boing Boing Offworld -- UPDATED


  1. Oh, I hope he faces jail time – he has a long history of making money off of his fraudulent activity, and I don’t think anything less than time in prison would get him to stop. He’s spent years making these patently false trademark claims, often against indie developers who settled because they simply couldn’t afford to deal with the legal costs. Even larger groups found it easier to buy him off than go through the courts, which just put him in a stronger position for his subsequent trolling. I’m glad he took on EA, and in such a ham-fisted way, as he gave them the incentive to fight him, and they had the resources to follow it through, despite Langdell’s delaying tactics.

  2. It’s quite odd to see the giant company being the good guys and the little man as the evil monster who’s trying to dick around others. Oh patent and trademark world, what a silly place you are.

    I also wonder if this means Soul Caliber will switch back to being called Soul Edge, or if anyone who previously paid Langdell will sue him.

  3. In Bizarro World EA are the good guys. :D

    I want to buy the judge a cookie. That is the most amusing court order I’ve ever read.

  4. That’s great news!

    Hearing about this story last year, I downloaded “EDGE” by MobiGame during one of its brief periods of availability before the iTunes Store yanked it in response to Langdell’s fraudulent claims.

    Holy crap I got hooked on EDGE like I haven’t been hooked on a game in many, many years. And then I recommended it to friends and they couldn’t find it because it had been pulled. That made me spitting mad about this Langdell troll. I look forward to hearing about fraud charges.

    EDGE is just fantastic. Go get it!
    Best controlled with the on-screen arrows btw.

  5. Does the USPTO consist of anything except low-level clerks with big “APPROVED” stamps and gallons of red ink?

  6. “…bizarrely edited to suggest Langdell had developed a nearly identical title.”

    How the hell do you “develop” a two word title? Is there a committee, and do they spend weeks tossing around ideas and vote?

    1. “…bizarrely edited to suggest Langdell had developed a nearly identical title.”

      How the hell do you “develop” a two word title? Is there a committee, and do they spend weeks tossing around ideas and vote?


      Really, though? OK: ‘Title’ meaning ‘game.’ Maybe it’s industry lingo? I don’t even know. But yeah, titles are released, launched, previewed, playtested, etc., all the time! And don’t get me started on AAA (or Triple-A) Titles. As in, “EA to Launch Fantasy Football MMO Title

      *curls up in a ball*

  7. Also if you go to the Edge website he claims to have licensed “Cross Edge” to NIS “worldwide,” whic is a flat out lie cause it originated in Japan and now all the DLC for it was removed from the PSN as well as all references of the game removed from NIS America’s website due to “legal reasons.” I hope this guy gets fked with a rake.

  8. “Title” for “game” is an example of metonymy, just like saying “I’ve got some new wheels.”

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