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Mirror's Edge could easily be considered the game that helped defeat a business owner who was considered to be a 'trademark troll,' that is, someone who registers trademarks without actually intending to use them, but is nonetheless willing to sue anyone who uses the mark.

When Mirror's Edge was released, Electronic Arts was threatened with legal action from Tim Langdell, the CEO of Edge Games who was notorious for threatening legal action against anyone who attempted to market anything video game related with the word 'Edge' in it. However, in this case, EA filed a petition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to have the registrations cancelled, since the trademarks for Langdell's company were believed to have been obtained through fraud or were abandoned because of nonuse.

The case was settled in October of 2010, with Langdell agreeing to surrender his trademarks related to the word 'Edge' and neither side admitting fault, nor receiving any damages. Three years later, the trademarks registered by Langdell were cancelled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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