The exciting legal adventures of Tim Langdell vs EA ended today, as US judge William Alsup delivered his final judgement on the case.
Though a jury trial was originally scheduled for 24 October next year, court documents emerged yesterday which showed that lawyers for both parties had reached an agreement, pending the approval and final ruling of Judge Alsup.
That ruling was delivered today, confirming the details of the settlement and making two further orders.
There is no admission or finding of wrongdoing, nor any award of costs between parties. However, the five trademarks previously held by Langdell (over which this case arose) have been cancelled.
Further to this, and more serious for Langdell, Judge Alsup has ordered that a copy of the refused injunction (containing multiple allegations of trademark fraud on Langdell’s part) be delivered to the United States Patent And Trademark Office. As a result, it will be up to the USPTO whether any further legal action is pursued, and Langdell is highly unlikely to be granted his pending application for a US trademark covering “Edge” videogames.
In addition, Langdell must deliver a copy of the above document and the final judgement in this case to all of his current licensees, opening an extremely wide door for them to make legal claims against him.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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