Trademark lawsuits in games are hardly a new phenomenon. From Scrolls to Praey For the Gods, the industry is no stranger to disputes over titles in recent years. However, it is a rare thing indeed when a world-famous metal band such as Iron Maiden (of whom your author is an ardent fan) sues a game publisher for trademark infringement. Per a complaint filed in a federal court in California last week, the band is suing publisher 3D Realms Entertainment over the title of Ion Maiden, a game it is publishing which is developed by Voidpont, LLC.  While the case is an interesting novelty, there are several legal lessons game developers can learn from the situation in order to protect their assets and themselves. As you may imagine, being a video game lawyer and a metalhead, I am hardly at a loss for words on the subject.
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