Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

I wrote earlier this month about the Legal Battle Brewing Over DOTA, a popular free to play Warcraft 3 mod which Valve is now planning to revamp and release commercially.  I said in that post that I think the fact that the DOTA IP is split across multiple developers means that we will see legal… Continue reading Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

UPDATE: Now Blizzard have begun to get involved a little more actively in the DOTA matter, which raises the stakes on the trademark front – see more from me on that here. So, Valve announced DOTA 2 yesterday.  This is of course a sequel (of sorts) to the wildly popular Warcraft III custom map, Defense of the… Continue reading Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

Langdell v EA, Part 2

I wrote last week about the Tim Langdell/Edge Games’ lawsuit against EA over a range of “Edge”-related trademarks, in which Mr Langdell took a beating to put it lightly.  Here’s a few updates since then: Rob Crossley at Develop reports that Edge Games is also involved in a legal dispute with Future Publishing, publisher of Edge… Continue reading Langdell v EA, Part 2

Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

Digital Chocolate is suing fellow social games developer Zynga in the US over Zynga’s game Mafia Wars.  Digital Chocolate, which released its own Mafia Wars cell-phone game in 2004 (5 years before Zynga’s Mafia Wars), argues that it owns the rights in Mafia Wars and that Zynga has knowingly infringed those rights.  Digital Chocolate claims that Zynga has “falsely… Continue reading Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars