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Rebellion files trademark infringement suit against Stardock

Friday, 17th August 2012 00:05 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Oxford developer Rebellion, best known for Sniper Elite and Alien vs Predator, has filed suit against Stardock and Ironclad, claiming trademark infringement. Gamasutra reports the crux of the matter is the new Sins of a Solar Empire expansion, which also rejoices in the name of Rebellion. Don’t go firing off angry letters just yet; as we learned in the Bethesda vs Mojang case, trademark holders are forced to engage in these kinds of battles or risk losing trademarks, and it may all be settled amicably. SoaSE: Rebellion released in June and has garnered positive reviews.

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  1. DSB

    But if the law is so poorly written that it continues to provoke frivolous lawsuits, why isn’t anyone changing it?

    Seems to me like it would be a chance for the ESA to rally on an issue that doesn’t make them look like abject assholes, for once.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated this because I erroneously described the case as a copyright infringement issue, which it … isn’t.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    Oh man. Well maybe ‘Rebellion’ should be careful because if they think they have a claim against Ironclad, then that will open the door for George Lucas and LucasArts against them because they launched Star Wars: Rebellion back in 1998.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Old MacDonald

    “as we learned in the Bethesda vs Mojang case, trademark holders are forced to engage in these kinds of battles or risk losing trademark”

    Well, no. Didn’t you learn anything from the Edge vs Everyone-case?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Vincent

    @3 Star Wars: Rebellion was actually released as Star Wars: Supremacy in the UK, presumably for this very reason.

    #5 2 years ago