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IGDA Revokes Langdell's Membership In Wake of Edge Trademark Ruling
IGDA Revokes Langdell's Membership In Wake of Edge Trademark Ruling
October 14, 2010 | By Kyle Orland

October 14, 2010 | By Kyle Orland
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The International Game Developers Association announced today that it has revoked the membership of controversial Edge Games founder and former IGDA board member Tim Langdell.

According to a post on the IGDA blog, the organization's board of directors voted to cancel Langdell's membership based on Article III Section 6(b) of their bylaws, which states that membership can be revoked by the board if "the Member has demonstrated a lack of integrity or unethical behavior."

The decision comes in the wake of a decision by Northern California District Court Judge Willam Alsup cancelling Langdell's claim to a number of trademarks related to the term "Edge"

"The record contains numerous items of evidence that plaintiff wilfully committed fraud against the USPTO in obtaining and/or maintaining registrations for many of the asserted 'EDGE' marks, possibly warranting criminal penalties if the misrepresentations prove true," Alsup wrote in an earlier decision rejecting Langdell's request for a preliminary injunction against EA's marketing of Mirror's Edge.

That ruling also determined that "it is an open question whether plaintiff's business activities legitimately extend beyond trolling various gaming-related industries for licensing opportunities."

Langdell resigned from the IGDA's board of directors last August, after less than six months at the position, amid controversy over threatened trademark and legal action against a number of game-related projects which used the term "Edge."



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Andrew Grapsas
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Finally :)

Joseph Garrahan
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took them long enough to kick out this joker...

Joseph Garrahan
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I bet the next board member will be Infinium Lab's Timothy Roberts, creator of the Phantom, hehe



http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/09/timothy-roberts-steps-down-as-
chairman-director-of-phantom-whi/

Kevin Reese
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Serves this guy right for expending so much energy on trying to unfairly pry money from actual game developers.

Marque Sondergaard
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This is an uncharacteristically severe action by the IGDA. Truth be told, despite considerable internal protests against Langdell, they only did so well after the trademark ruling. Not a terribly bold decision, to be honest.

Maurício Gomes
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Actually, they STILL DON'T GAVE A STATEMENT on it.



Seriously, IGDA is supposed to be about advocacy (just look at their site, bylaws, etc), but they still don't spoke against Mike Capps or his practices (the champion of crunch) or against Tim Langdell (the champion of trademark trolling) or his practices.



Also they still don't said sorry for calling the members "malicious" when they used the site internal e-mailing system to e-mail everyone explaining the stuff with Tim Langdell (because the board itself refused to do it...)

Maurício Gomes
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Actually, they STILL DON'T GAVE A STATEMENT on it.



Seriously, IGDA is supposed to be about advocacy (just look at their site, bylaws, etc), but they still don't spoke against Mike Capps or his practices (the champion of crunch) or against Tim Langdell (the champion of trademark trolling) or his practices.



Also they still don't said sorry for calling the members "malicious" when they used the site internal e-mailing system to e-mail everyone explaining the stuff with Tim Langdell (because the board itself refused to do it...)


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