Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. v. 3D Realms Entertainment ApS
Complaint Filed May 28, 2019
United States District Court Central District of California
3D Realms has now responded to the suit, filed by Iron Maiden in late May, asserting that they infringed the “IRON MAIDEN” trademark by producing a game called “Ion Maiden.”
As a brief recap of our previous posts on the subject, Iron Maiden’s suit alleged that 3D Realms’ game “Ion Maiden” (which is still in development) infringed the band’s trademarked name “IRON MAIDEN.” Though the lawsuit continues, 3D Realms has since changed the game’s title to “Ion Fury.”
3D Realms explained the name change in a press release: “A lot of thought went into this, but most important it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”
No further action has occurred in the suit, but given that the main object of the claim for relief, the name “Ion Maiden,” has disappeared, it seems likely the suit may be dismissed or settled.