Mythic Entertainment Sues Microsoft

By David Smith  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

Mythic Entertainment Inc., a game developer, on Monday suit against Microsoft for trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Mythic Entertainment Inc., a game developer, on Monday suit against Microsoft for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The title in question is Mythica, Microsofts forthcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Fairfax, Va.-based Mythic Entertainment is the developer of Dark Age of Camelot. Mythics lawsuit claims that the resemblance between the two names, although the one refers to a game and the other refers to a game company, is likely to cause confusion in the marketplace. Its seeking a permanent injunction (i.e., a new name for Microsofts game) and economic remedies.
"We had hoped not to have to resolve this in court, and it is truly unfortunate that Microsoft declined to respect Mythics rights," said Mythic president Mark Jacobs. "But our name and mark are among our most valuable assets. We have no choice but to defend them, regardless of the size and power of our adversary. We would expect Microsoft to react no differently if someone launched an operating system called Microsofta just as Microsoft did when confronted with an operating system called Lindows."
The continuing legal fight between Microsoft and spilled over recently to the European market. To read the full story, click here. When asked for comment, Microsoft representatives stated that the company will not comment on pending litigation. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the eastern district of Virginia.
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David Smith is the News Editor for this site through no fault of his own. When David was out of work and contemplating a move to North Carolina, Sam Kennedy rescued him from empty days of club soda and Jean-Claude Van Damme movies on cable TV with the promise of a job and abundant free money for working on the moribund website and Ziff-Davis Media's many videogame magazines. On the one hand, David kind of wanted to move to North Carolina, where rent is cheap, girls like him, and he can buy Dr. Brown's Black Cherry Soda. On the other hand, David likes free money. He took the job, and instead of spending his severance check on a cross-country move, he flew to Japan for the weekend to buy Gundam t-shirts and watch women's pro wrestling at Korakuen Hall.

David's first job in the videogame business consisted of nine months at the now-defunct Gamers' Republic magazine. He was fired for having no respect whatsoever for his bosses. He then spent almost three years at IGNPS2, but was once again canned in a variation on that same theme. He has never left a job of his own accord since graduating from college. His other work experience includes shelving books, checking out books, filling out interlibrary loan forms to acquire new books, moving large mounds of books from location to location, and slacking off on company time.

In addition to videogames, which have become more of a job than a pastime after four years of writing about them, David enjoys cooking and Japanese animation, about which he writes a column for Official US PlayStation Magazine and the occasional extremely surly review. His favorite artists in a variety of media include Mamoru Nagano, Hunter Thompson, Henry Rollins, Kool G Rap, James Ellroy, Yoko Kanno, and Motorhead.


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