Tim Langdell and his studio Edge Games have lost a court battle with EA over the use of the term 'Edge' in game titles.
Langdell, who claims to own the global trademark on the word in relation to games, had sought an injunction against EA's use of the term in Mirror's Edge.
But a US court said it felt that Langdell had made fraudulent statements to the US Patent and Trademark Office and has been "trolling" the games industry for licensing opportunities.
It added that his actions could warrant "criminal penalties", according to documents obtained by IndustryGamers.
The court's decision is a significant one. Langdell has attempted to prevent a number of games from using the word 'edge' in their titles, and in May 2009 iPhone game Edge was removed from the App Store due to lawsuit threats he made against its developer Mobigame.
An EA spokesperson said that it's "pleased" with the opinion issued by the court. "We hope that this case serves as a milestone in protecting independent developers from nuisance litigation."