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Game developer Double Fine released ‘Trenched’ as a downloadable game for Xbox 360. A popular multiplayer game, ‘Trenched’ involves warfare with mechs/towers that players pilot and manage. It is set in an alternate reality where battlemechs are used post-WWI and designed by Tim Schafer of ‘Brutal Legend’ and ‘Psychonauts’ fame. ‘Trenched’ has a metacritic score of 87 and costs ~$15 to download. Unfortunately for Microsoft and Double Fine, there is a Portuguese board game called ‘Trench’ which is registered in Europe for trademark with board and computer game rights. Effectively, it might be argued that ‘Trenched’ infringes on the possibility of a computer release of ‘Trench’ and Double Fine doesn’t want to take any chances. Thus, ‘Trenched’ will now be renamed ‘Iron Brigade’ and users will be treated to some free downloadable content, including new modes, costumes, weapons, and other treats when the name change goes into effect later this month. Who said it is only the lawyers that profit from litigation?


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John G. Nowakowski, Esq. (LLMT), is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Christina R. Evola, Esq. is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where her studies focused on intellectual property, antitrust, and media law. She is a lifelong gamer and avid cosplayer. DISCLAIMER: ‘Nerds in Court’ is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing should be construed as legal advice, or any advice for that matter, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by reading these posts. Do not consider information provided here as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified, licensed attorney in your state.


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