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Delta Force dev seeking damages over Modern Warfare 3 infringement
NovaLogic, the developer behind the Delta Force series, is seeking damages and an injunction for trademark infringement against Activision, after a Delta Force logo was used in the story for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The complaint goes on to allege that Activision then licensed the name and mark out to hardware manufacturers Turtle Beach and Microsoft, and the BradyGames division of Penguin Books without NovaLogic's permissions -- all of whom are included in the lawsuit. As part of the complaint, NovaLogic stresses that the Delta Force name is allegedly not part of the U.S. Army, or in any way associated with it. "There is no unit of the U.S. Army called Delta Force," it says, "There is a branch of the Army's Special Operations known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta ('1st SF-ODD'). The U.S. Army officially denies that any unit called Delta Force exists and does not claim ownership to either the Delta Force name or the logo." "Although there is much lore surrounding special operation units, only because of the Delta Force series does the general public identify the logo with any ancillary existing military unit," it states. NovaLogic "has lost millions of dollars, possibly more," due to the conduct of Activision, it alleges. As a result, it is seeking damages and an injunction for trademark infringement against the company. Gamasutra has contacted Activision for comment.