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Trademark troll warned over nuisance litigation

A long-running spat between the founder of Edge Games, and anyone wanting to use the word 'Edge' in just about anything from games to comic books, looks like it has finally come to an end.

Tim Langdell, who founded Edge Games way back when everyone and their pet goldfish owned a gaming company, has spent the years since his outfit last produced anything of note (which some reports say was more than a decade ago) pursuing anyone and everyone who dared to use the word 'Edge' in a commercial manner.

It looks like Langdell's Waterloo might have started when he decided to take on games giant Electronic Arts (EA) over its free running-based game Mirror's Edge.

Not only did EA laugh in the face of Langdell's legal shenanigans, it also kicked back by accusing the litigious nuisance of blatantly lying to the US Patent and Trademarks Office.

It looks like the judge in the case was as sick of patent or trademark squatters as the rest of us as he kicked out the company's case, said he thought that Langden had made fraudulent statements, expressed the opinion that the litigant was 'suspect' and, for the first time we can remember in an official court statement, openly accused him of 'trolling'.

The judge also warned Langdell that he could face legal penalties over his actions according to Industry Gamers which unearthed the court documents. There's also an excellent history of the case here.