Activision Being Sued Over Delta Force Trademark

The US Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, popularly known as Delta Force, is very well represented in popular culture. Dozens of books, films including the horrendously terribly Chuck norris vehicle, and plenty of video games have lionized the exploits of the secretive anti terrorist strike force. But did you know that the term ‘Delta Force’ is copyrighted? Apparently developer NovaLogic thinks so. Because they’re suing Activision over use of it.

At issue is the fact that Activision’s hugely successful military recruitment tools Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 features fictional members of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, and refers to it as Delta force several times in the game. Unfortunately, NovaLogic’s Delta Force video game series predates MW3 by many, many years, and they’re laying claim to the term. “The U.S. Army officially denies that any unit called Delta Force exists and does not claim ownership to either the Delta Force name or the logo”, says NovaLogic in their complaint. They’re also butthurt about the Delta Force logo in their game and in MW3, but both are stylized version of the image attached to this article, which is the official emblem of the actual unit, so probably STFU about this one, OK?

I hate to take the side of the giant amorphous conglomerate, but I’m pretty sure NovaLogic is going to lose this one. Just checking the Wikipedia article on Delta Force in popular culture, it looks like there are a LOT of people in line ahead of them.

Via The Verge.

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5 Comments on Activision Being Sued Over Delta Force Trademark

Cave Johnson

On May 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

>They’re also butthurt about the Delta Force..
>so probably STFU about this one, OK?

Who wrote this article? An 11 years old kid?


On May 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

doesnt matter novalogic registerd it as a trade mark for use in video games im sorry but the law is the law they will win


On May 17, 2012 at 5:14 am

@bob, actually if the logo is “government-issue”, it cannot be trademarked, anymore than you can trademark the American flag.


On May 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

I agree with Cave Johnson on this one. How about at least attempting to act professionally, huh?


On May 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

/agree with Cave Johnson

Also, being an avid Delta Force 2 and Delta Force Landwarrior player back in the day (and F22-Lighting 3 – ok, no more Novalogic plugs lol) and a modern day CoD hater, I hope Novalogic sues the sh*t outta them, and wins, and then wins the appeal, and the appeal of the appeal (I mean this is activision afterall…)