A company belonging to the famous heavy metal band Iron Maiden filed a lawsuit against the 3D Realms studio on May 28 in the U.S. District Court for Central California for trademark infringement. The issue is the title of the latest game by the creators of the Duke Nukem series, Ion Maiden.
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Iron Maiden Holdings states in the claim that the trademark infringement is 'striking' and can lead to confusion among consumers.
Defendant’s misappropriation and use of a virtually identical imitation of the Iron Maiden trademark creates a likelihood of confusion among consumers. Customers who view Defendant’s video game and merchandise are likely to believe that Iron Maiden is somehow affiliated with Defendant," the suit reads.
Iron Maiden Holdings accuses 3D Realms of deliberately violating trademark law and unfair competition. In addition to the two million dollars mentioned above, the lawsuit also demands an end to the sale of "confusingly similar" products and to the disposal of the ionmaiden.com domain.