In a followup to EA's legal victory against declared trademark "troll" Tim Langdell earlier this week, a U.S. district judge has proposed the cancellation of Langdell's trademarks filed with the Patent and Trademark Office. The trademarks are for various phrase combinations using the word "Edge" (e.g., "Cutting Edge"), confirms GamesIndustry.biz, and have been used by Langdell for years to force companies to change their game titles or pay settlements to him -- until EA stood up over the "Mirror's Edge" dispute.
Evidence provided by EA in its counterclaim showed that Langdell used doctored Edge magazine covers and box art to support his claim to the trademarks. The court's judgment to strip Langdell of his trademarks is currently pending agreement from EA and Langdell (which is expected), but does not address possible criminal penalties that Langdell could be subject to through further litigation.
Yeah, if you're going to annoy somebody in the court, make sure that somebody isn't able to hire experts.
Honestly, this is the first I've heard of this guy or his "company". I'm guessing many publishers and developers were in the same boat until he reared his head and threatened them with legal action as well. Mind you, that's what you get when you and your games company hadn't been heard of making games for longer than a decade.
Despite EA's overall reputation (which has been improving greatly in my opinion), I do feel I have to say good going to EA. If an arsehole like Langdell wasn't stopped, he'd still be trying to sue game companies for using the word edge in their titles. I hope he does have his "trademarks" stripped.