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08-24-2010, 03:15 PM

Apparently, Uncle George has had an on-going battle with a computer hardware developing company over the "Jedi Mind" headset and mouse. Click on the above link to see the article and the picture of the offending device!

Lucas sues to stop 'Jedi Mind' wireless headset

LucasFilm seeks injunctive relief, recovery of damages estimated at no less than $5 million

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has filed a $5 million trademark lawsuit against a company marketing a technology that allows users to control computer (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38830584/?gt1=43001#) applications directly with their minds.

The defendant is Jedi Mind, Inc., which touts a wireless headset that detects brainwaves on both a conscious and non-conscious level and can even make it possible for users to play games or run software applications with thoughts alone.

The technology calls to mind the famous "Jedi Mind trick" as featured in the "Star Wars" films. According to Wikipedia's hilariously dry description, the mind trick refers to a "spectrum of force powers which influenced the thoughts of sentient creatures, most commonly used to coerce into agreement by suggestion through voice manipulation, or to cause one to reveal information. This allowed its practitioners to resolve matters in a non-violent way."

The mind trick doesn't, though, appear to have worked on Lucas. His LucasFilm production company sent a cease-and-desist letter to Jedi Mind in May 2009. A week later, Jedi Mind's chief, Brent Fouch, offered to phase his company out of Jedi Mind marks. LucasFilm accepted the offer, but now claims the company did no such thing.

LucasFilm sent a second cease-and-desist letter last September and says it attempted to settle the situation without a lawsuit. JediMind is selling three products "Master Mind," "Jedi Mouse" and "Think Tac Toe."

The studio says the alleged trademark infringement will cause confusion in the marketplace and harm its business and reputation. LucasFilm is seeking injunctive relief and recovery of damages estimated at no less than $5 million.

Note to all potential clone armies: LucasFilm holds trademarks on Jedi Knight, Jedi Power Battles and Jedi Training Academy, but not directly on Jedi Mind and other affiliated marks. Nevertheless, it claims dominion over "all characteristics associated with the Jedi knights not memorialized in a registered trademark ... (including) Jedi robes, the lightsaber weapon, the power to levitate objects, a telepathic oneness with other Jedi and the universe, and the ability to shoot energy beams called 'Force Lightning' from the fingertips."

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El Chuxter
08-24-2010, 03:24 PM
This isn't like Red Five Comics, who took their name from Luke's call sign. That's a generic enough name that, even though they admit it's based on Star Wars, it's harmless enough (since they don't publish any comics that are even close to Star Wars in concept).

The word "Jedi" didn't exist until Star Wars, and it's clear this is entirely based on the mind trick. Very bad form.

Maybe they'll be put out of business, and work on developing a shoe that can teleport users, and call their new company Harry Potter's Portkey to the Quidditch Match Where the Death Eaters Attack, Inc. :rolleyes:

08-24-2010, 04:13 PM
If I read that right, Lucas claims that people having the power to levitate objects is exclusively his too??

Darth Metalmute
08-24-2010, 04:49 PM
If I read that right, Lucas claims that people having the power to levitate objects is exclusively his too??

I hope not because if I ever find that genie lamp that will be wish one.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-24-2010, 06:56 PM
They should rename it "Special Man Mind," then. Would that be OKAAAAAAY!?!?

08-25-2010, 09:32 AM
Specialman would approve. :)

08-25-2010, 01:05 PM
What about "Space Wizard"?

Bel-Cam Jos
08-25-2010, 06:18 PM
Or Deak Windy of the Jedi Bendu? Nah... no way anyone would think of such a lame-o name?