See post #807 for latest update
The story continues in the NEW THREAD here
The notorious trademark troll, serial liar, and incompetent forger Tim Langdell, of Edge Games, Edge Interactive Media and all other things Edge, is on the run. See post #2 for an abbreviated summary so far, this Eurogamer article for general background on Langdell’s activities, and this piece on ChaosEdge for the legal background to the EA case.
Langdell lost big time when he sued EA in the US Federal Court, and again against Future Publishing in the UK High Court. Proceedings before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board are still live. Mobigame has been granted an international trademark for “Edge” in respect of videogames.
Update 22 April 2013: the Commissioner for Trademarks has CANCELLED Langdell's trademarks.
The main purpose of this thread is to make sure Langdell has no place to hide. I’m trying to track all of Langdell’s activities and trademarks. There are lots of loose ends. This thread is for following them up.
Other Internet Resources
There’s a lot of derivative or wrong or ill-informed stuff out there. This lot seem sound and reliable/original. Sorry if I’ve missed some good stuff out, drop me a note if I’ve missed anything important.
Aug 2009. Simon Parkin at Eurogamer. Even-handed and thoughtful history up to the threats to Mobigame.
May 2009. Simon Carless at Gamasutra on Langdell and MobiGame (then taken down and reposted Jun 2009)
May 2009. Tom Buscaglia of the IGDA defending Langdell. To his credit he hasn’t taken this post down (though he did edit it a bit when hindsight became available).
ChaosEdge, the home and hub of Langdell research, excellent original research and great fun to read all the way through. This site has been cited against Langdell in court documents and is the primary cause of his being caught out. A must-read.
Jun 2011. John Walker at RockPaperShotgun. Report on the Future Publishing victory in the UK High Court
Jul 2011. Fred Dutton at Eurogamer. Reporting on a Langdell attempt to defend his character (and besmirch Future Publishing)
Previous and related GAF threads
Jun 2009 iPhone Game Edge pulled because of "edge" obssessed bastard.
Aug 2009 IGDA (not) stepping up to possibly remove Tim Langdell from board
Aug 2009 IGDA Announces Dr. Tim Langdell has stepped down from IGDA Board
Sep 2009 "Edge" is free?! EA to Tim Langdell: "Fuck you"
Nov 2009 Langdell still a giant bag of shit - Edge gets pulled AGAIN
Oct 2010 EA vs Edge trademark case - GAME OVER! - read post #169
Jul 2011 Tim Langdell continues trolling by releasing "EDGEBobby2" for iOS
Jun 2011 Tim "Trademark Troll" Langdell Court Update (Rock, Paper, Shotgun article)
Trademarks and trademark applications (updated 22 Apr 2017)
United States (live)
3774697 MYTHORA, for computer game software. This one might be for real, see the Chaosedge article.
85147499 EDGE GAMES for videogames. New application 7 Oct 2010. Application suspended 6 Jul 2011 as behind Mobigame’s application. See post #203 sect 4.
85704825 SL8 for computers and carrying cases. New application 15 Aug 2012, registration refused as purely descriptive 18 Dec 2012.
85891791 EDGE PC for computer hardware. New application 1 Apr 2013
85891810 EDGE GAMING PC for computer hardware. New application 1 Apr 2013
United States (dead)
Because of the timing, applications abandoned and trademarks surrendered in October 2010 are likely to be part of the settlement of the EA case in the District Court. Applications abandoned before then appear to be due to not being able to (or wanting to) prove actual use or intent to use, usually after a successful scam.
UK00002517177 EDGE OF TWILIGHT registered Jan 2010, attempt to scam Fuzzyeyes
UK00002540453 EDGE, for game software and related entertainment services. Applied March 2010, Opposed August 2010. Still being opposed.
UK00002520453 KILLER EDGE RACING. For computer game software. scamming Video Mind Games, should never have been allowed on the register as it stood
395177324 EDGE. For magazines and publications mostly. Part-owned by Future Publishing
Proceedings in Court
I need to do a bit more work on this section, but for now just getting links to the key cases and judgments.
USPTO TTAB: EA’s petition to cancel five of Langdell’s marks a long wait for the Board to cancel trademarks. Future Publishing intervened.
US Federal Court: EA vs. EDGE GAMES here’s the key damning judgment and the court order.
UK High Court: Future Publishing v Edge Games and others. Damning judgment here and report here. See post #185.
Websites (updated 25 Aug 2011)
British Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences “New website coming soon” – oh my, I hope not
Edge Studios Boringest site in the world, goes straight to email
Edge Games (US version) Was in retreat, now has a new lease of life, see post #268.
Edge Games (UK version) A shadow of its former self, basically a Boby Bearing banner and a few falsehoods to boot.
Bobby Bearing A one-page banner for Langdell’s (? Subject to trademark and copyright disputes) iPhone game.
Companies (updated 25 Aug 2011)
Edge Games Inc, incorporated in California C2767367 - not bankrupt yet
The Edge Interactive Media Inc, incorporated in California C1677002 - not bankrupt yet
Edge Europe Ltd, registered in England and Wales 06581756 (see post #260) previously named BAIAS Ltd and the shadowy entity behind the KILLEREDGERACING trademarks. Wholly and solely owned by Langdell.