Free Speech Can't Kill 'Call Of Duty' IP Fight, Judge Told

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT) -- Video game developer NovaLogic Inc. told a California federal judge Thursday that Activision Blizzard Inc. couldn't claim the First Amendment protected its use of a NovaLogic trademark in its wildly popular “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" when it had previously paid to license the mark.

NovaLogic said Activision wouldn't have paid royalties to use its "Delta Force" mark — a nickname for an elite U.S. counterterrorism unit — in mobile games based on NovaLogic’s “Delta Force” console games if it had truly thought such use...
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