U.S. News | Iron Maiden Slams $2m Suit over ‘Ion Maiden’ Video Game

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On May 28, Heavy metal rock band, Iron Maiden filed a lawsuit in a California district court against a gaming company, 3D Realms for trademark infringement over a video game named ‘Ion Maiden’.

The plaintiff accused the defendant of taking advantage of Iron Maiden’s worldwide popularity and reputation to gain the market to promote the defendant’s video game, posters and mouse mats.

The plaintiff alleges that 3D Realms “Ion Maiden” is very similar and identical to the IRON MAIDEN trademark in appearance, sound and overall commercial impression.

The plaintiff claims that the infringement has caused lots of damages and confusion to customers who believe the game and band are affiliated.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that the main character, Shelly Harrison and songwriter Steve Harris were referenced as Iron Maiden founder.

In reaction, 3D Realms commented on this lawsuit on twitter stating that:

“We’ve recently heard about a lawsuit filed in California by the band Iron Maiden, claiming our old-school first-person shooter Ion Maiden is infringing on their trademark,” the company said.

“From what we’ve heard, the suit claims our main character, Shelly Harrison, originally debuting in 2016’s Bombshell, is based on their musician Steve Harris; our skull bomb icon found in-game is based on their skeleton mascot Eddie; our logo in itself is based on theirs; and other frivolous claims anyone who has played Ion Maiden would find more over the top than Shelly’s ‘Loverboy,’ her signature 18-round triple-barreled revolver.”

“We at 3D Realms, our co-publishers 1C Entertainment, and developer Voidpoint will review our options once we receive official notice of the lawsuit and will make any necessary decisions at the appropriate time. Regardless, everyone continues to work diligently on Ion Maiden to deliver the best possible experience later this year.”

The case is still ongoing.

Iron Maiden Holdings Limited v. 3D Realms Entertainment ApS

California Central District Court
Judge:Dale S Fischer
Case Status:Ongoing
Case #:2:19-cv-04606
Nature of SuitTrademark
CauseTrademark Infringement
Case Filed:May 28, 2019
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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