Game industry bully Timothy Langdell loses asinine "Edge" lawsuit against EA

In a victory for game publishers everywhere, a US district court ruled in favor of publisher EA Games over Timothy Langdell (right) in an injunction he filed last June.  Langdell, the CEO of the defunct Edge Games (which has only produced one game since 1994) is infamous for his prosecution of any game publisher which wants to use the word “edge.”

Langdell’s most recent case against EA involves 2008’s Mirror’s Edge and what he claimed was a copyright infringement on the part of EA.  He preempted the trial with a cease and desist order in 2007 that EA summarily ignored.  The court denied his motion for a preliminary injunction, calling his evidence “suspect” and dismissing many of his other complaints as “trolling.” (How awesome is it that the court used the word “trolling?”)

Above: Mirror’s Edge on the cover of EDGE – get a load of that, Langdell!

The Edge Games CEO had much better luck in 2009 against two-man publisher Mobigame in a dispute over its mobile phone game Edge.  The popular game was removed from the Apple App Store and banned in the UK, US, and Germany due to supposed copyright infringement.

Many, including EA, hope this is a big step toward freeing up the term “edge,” as stupid as that may sound.  An EA spokesperson told IndustryGamers that EA is “pleased with the opinion issued by the court. We hope that this case serves as a milestone in protecting independent developers from nuisance litigation.”

Mirrors Edge 2 can’t be too far off now.

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  • Inthedistrict - October 10, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Sad! Who is this guy? What was the only game his company ever made? I can't even find it on Google... Google!
  • aliengmr - October 7, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    Really, does this guy have any clue how pathetic he is? I mean really, narcissism can only take someone so far. Its pretty sad when a company's only claim to "fame" (I use that term loosely) is the lawsuits over a word.
  • sheepy94 - October 7, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Whoops I meant "sue him"
  • sheepy94 - October 7, 2010 3:31 p.m.

    I hope that he tries to make a new game just so that I can trademark the name that he chooses, then sure him for copyright infringement.
  • Mar27w - October 7, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    common sense prevails
  • oryandymackie - October 7, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    He sounds like a guy on the Edge.
  • chrisantistas2inchpenis - October 7, 2010 6:40 a.m.

    When's he gonna sue The Edge from U2?
  • shyfonzie - October 7, 2010 4:53 a.m.

    God what a dick. Also, epic court is hip and happening.
  • NanoElite666 - October 7, 2010 4:36 a.m.

    Ha, I forgot about this dummy. This makes me laugh. Even better that the court used the word "trolling".
  • Rubberducky - October 7, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    This reminds me of the Monster Cable guys suing anyone who uses the term monster. They're all d-bags who need to be punched in the heads
  • NappyAfro - October 7, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    Yet another Douche. They're just rolling out there.
  • crumbdunky - October 7, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    This makes me sick. I hate it when people think they can practically own something as universal as a simple word or phrase. I could NOT understand it when Paris Hilton managed to get rights to "that's hot!" the other year. I mean, these are words in the dictionary , used since well before the girl(or Langdell) were even conceived so what is the possible reasoning behind allowing them any kind of control over people using them in any way? It's times like this when the litigious nature of today's world gets right on my moobs-what kind of legal or patent system would allow someone to appropriate a word like this? Sure, if another man/woman wanted to start another company in the same kind of field(or in one where confusion could be said to hurt the original user of the word/s)then have THAT out in court on an individual basis based on who named their company first but extending it anywhere further is just ridiculous, isn't it? That the iPhone game had to be chopped is amazing to me never mind him trying to change Mirror's Edge! Who would have been confused between the name of a game and that of a publisher anyway?
  • jean-maxime - October 7, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    he should sue Ford btw duhrrrrr
  • BazyLastard - October 6, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Just to tick Tim Langdell off, today I'd like to known as "EdgeyLastard."
  • vinverga - October 6, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    I'm suprised he hasn't sued the WWE over the name EDGE
  • LastPariah - October 6, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Did the court really use the term "trolling"?
  • ChipTheExecutioner - October 6, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    please tell me this was the judge
  • Amnesiac - October 6, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Everytime I think of Timothy Langdell I think of the hilarious counter-trolling her received from several indie publishers when he tried to bully them about a year ago. Read:
  • Clovin64 - October 6, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Sounds like an absolute attention-seeking twit to me. Hasnt made a game since 1994 you say? I guess running around creating bullcrap lawsuits is more important to this particular games developer than actually making games.
  • hybr1dgamerx - October 6, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    im lessed focused on the story and imagining a judge say u be trollin XD

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