Any news on the outcome of the Novalogic Inc vs Activision Court Battle, i really hope nova win and put the money into Delta Force Angel Falls.
For people who havent heard about this hes is a little info, Nova claims that Activision have unlawfully used their logo in a recent campaign and have decided to take them to court for damages.
The logo in question:
The Turtle Beach COD MW3 Ear Force Delta Headset
Admittedly, the logos are very similar, and apparently NovaLogic contacted Activision a while back stating that they were infringing copyright grounds, however the huge gaming company chose to ignore these allegations.
NovaLogic currently holds a trademark on "Delta Force," which it's possessed since 1998. Since then, the developer has released nine games under the moniker, with a tenth (Delta Force: Angel Falls) purportedly still in development. Despite their possession of the trademark, Activision and Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 3 includes a number of missions in which players control elite operatives of a unit called Delta Force.
Here's where things get tricky: As the NovaLogic complaint points out, there's no official U.S. military unit called Delta Force upon which Activision could base said missions. However, there is a Special Operations unit called 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), which is colloquially referred to as Delta Force — but not by the U.S. government.
"The U.S. Army officially denies that any unit called Delta Force exists and does not claim ownership to either the Delta Force name or the logo," the complaint reads.
It gets even deeper: The emblem used by Modern Warfare 3's Delta Force closely resembles the logo for NovaLogic's Delta Force, save for the inversion of a lightning bolt used in both. The 1st SFOD-D wears the U.S. Army Special Operations Command insignia — red arrowhead surrounding a dagger
— though the "unofficial" emblem of Delta Force (as seen on the cover of the autobiography
of Col. Charlie Beckwith, the unit's founder) is nearly identical to the insignias used in both games.
NovaLogic claims that Activision has ignored two cease-and-desist letters sent in May and December of last year. The studio is now seeking damages and an injunction for trademark infringement. We've reached out to Activision for a comment.
83 page PDF of all the info including exibits, link
I doubt Nova will get any damages out of this but i have my fingers crossed because they really do make the best FPS and i would love to see Delta Force Angel Falls get a cash injection to get it finished so we can all play it
So has anyone heard anything of an outcome about this?