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[ November 16th 2005 ]

Eidos plc has come under fire after the former president of US developer Technopop accused the publisher of trademark infringement, claiming that Eidos has no right to use the name Zero Tolerance - the title of Technopop's 1994 Sega Genesis title.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, Randel Reiss issued a Cease and Desist notice citing: "As the sole owner of the worldwide copyright and trademark to the Zero Tolerance videogame, I have not granted permission in any way either orally or in writing to use the Zero Tolerance property."

Eidos' legal VP James O'Riordan has allegedly told Reiss that there is only one registered trademark for Zero Tolerance, and that is owned by SCi Entertainment Group, owners of Eidos plc.

Reiss, however, has alleged that Zero Tolerance is registered with the U.S. patent office, and that Eidos is "trying to cite a technicality that the US patent office web site has the trademark cited as inactive." reports GamesIndustry.biz.

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