Activision could be in some more legal hot water, now that developer NovaLogic is looking to sue the publishing giant for using the "Delta Force" name in Modern Warfare 3. Currently, the California-based studio holds trademark on "Delta Force," having claimed it back in 1998.
Now this wouldn't be an issue if the term were actually used by the military, but contrary to what many believe, the "Delta Force" name is not an official military term, though it can refer to the real-life 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D). To make the whole situation even more confusing, both the Delta Force emblems used in NovaLogic's FPS series of the same name and Activision's Modern Warfare 3 closely resemble the arrowhead-and-dagger insignia of the Spec Ops unit's real world equivalent.
That said, so long as "Delta Force" isn't recognized by the U.S. government and armed forces, NovaLogic's complaints against Activision are perfectly valid.
"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," the complaint stipulates.
NovaLogic also claims they sent Acti two cease-and-desist notices back in May and December 2011, though both were ignored. The studio is seeking damages and an injunction against the Call of Duty publisher.