The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom recently handed down its
in the case of Lucasfilm Ltd & Ors v Ainsworth & Anor[the Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet copyright case].
According to the ruling, Helmets and harmours created for the characters of the Imperial Stormtrooper in the film Star Wars are not “sculptures”, and
therefore are not copyrightable subject matter within the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Nevertheless, a claim for infringement of a
US copyright is justiceable in the United Kingdom, provided there is a basis for in personam jurisdiction over the defendant.
In other news, the UK Government recently issued a consultation
regarding the introduction of a 10% corporation tax rate on profits
derived from UK & EPO issued patents.
Elsewhere, a Manhattan
judge has dealt Christian Louboutin's US trademark a deadly
blow by suggesting that the Trademark that Louboutin obtained in
2008 for “lacquered red soles” used in women's high fashion
designer footwear is “overly broad” and likely to be
& IP Review The UK Intellectual
Property Office (UK IPO) recently launched the much anticipated 'Peer to Patent' pilot
initiative. The initiative will provide an online mechanism for
registered members of the public to make observations on pending
patent applications, allowing users to upload 'prior art' and
discuss the merits of pending applications.
The final report of
Professor Ian Hargreaves IP Review was recently been published. More
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