TimeGate Studios announced that it has reached a settlement in its trademark infringement dispute with ABC Studios filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on March 19, 2008.
The lawsuit alleged that ABC Studios' use of the name Section 8 for its upcoming television sci-fi drama, tentatively scheduled for the 2009 season, amounted to trademark infringement as a result of TimeGate's pending trademark registration and ownership rights in the name.
TimeGate began development of its newest video game, Section 8, in early 2005.
As a result of the discussions between the parties, the Walt Disney Company, ABC Studios' parent corporation, informed TimeGate that ABC will refrain from using the name Section 8 for its upcoming television series.
"Protecting one's intellectual property rights is paramount in the entertainment business and it's no different at TimeGate," said Adel Chaveleh, TimeGate's CEO and President. Chaveleh added "With an amicable resolution to this issue in hand, we can continue our focus on making Section 8 an incredible and unforgettable first person shooter experience." TimeGate agreed to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice once Disney acknowledged that it would forgo its plans to use the Section 8 trademark in conjunction with ABC Studios' new series.
On the war-torn planets of tomorrow, mankind's greatest battle is about to begin. With its frontier colonies devastated by a growing insurrection, Earth dispatches the elite 8th Armoured Infantry (nicknamed "Section 8") to repel the coming onslaught.
The nickname refers to a discharge from an old United States military regulation for reason of being mentally unfit for service. The near-suicidal missions this division volunteers for brands them as insane by all other military units.
Section 8 deploys directly into battle from their orbital dropships, utilizing the most advanced arsenal of military hardware known to man. Their mission: to scout and secure difficult objectives, and smash the enemy defences in lightning-quick assaults.
Section 8 is an intense first-person shooter that allows players to dynamically alter the flow of combat as they see fit. Employing tactical assets and on-demand vehicle deliveries, players are given unprecedented strategic control over epic sci-fi battlefields.
- Customize your loadouts like no other FPS
- Use Burn-In spawning to drop into the action from 15,000 feet
- Transform the battlefield with tactical assets and vehicle drops
- Battle across epic sci-fi landscapes
- Adapt to ever-evolving team, squad, and player strategies
So get ready to drop, Trooper! The war begins on Xbox 360 and the PC in Q3 2009.
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