Citing Free Speech, Judge Guts 'Call Of Duty' Trademark Suit

Law360, New York (June 19, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that Activision Blizzard Inc.'s use of the term "Delta Force" in its hugely successful “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” was protected by the First Amendment, striking down trademark claims from rival game maker NovaLogic Inc.

NovaLogic owns a trademark to the name of the elite military unit because it produced a series of games called “Delta Force” in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and it sued Activision last year over the appearance of the name in “Modern Warfare...
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