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May/15

The Adventure of the Last Ten Sherlock Holmes Stories


The 50 earliest Sherlock Holmes stories are in the public domain. The Conan Doyle Estate alleges that the last ten stories are still under copyright. It alleges that a novel about Sherlock Holmes in his retirement, A Slight Trick of the Mind, and the upcoming movie based on that novel, copy elements of those last ten stories.

conan doyle copyright complaint.pdf by martyschwimmer



25
May/15

A Few More Recent Trademark Decisions




25
May/15

Recent Trademark Decisions




25
May/15

Complaint: Gucci v Alibaba, SDNY


alibaba

gucci alibaba complaint.pdf by martyschwimmer



18
May/15

Text of CAFC Decision in Apple v Samsung Trade Dress/Design Patent Decision


apple_samsung_design_patents

apple v samsung cafc 2.pdf by martyschwimmer



21
Apr/15

Recent Trademark Decisions




20
Apr/15

Text of CAFC Affirmance of SLANTS Rejection


Slants CAFC ex parte appeal.pdf by martyschwimmer



20
Apr/15

John Oliver on Patents




20
Apr/15

Text of Decision in Adjmi v DLT (Three’s Company – Fair Use)


Plaintiff’s play 3C is a deconstruction of the TV sitcom Three’s Company. 3C has a much darker tone. For example, Three’s Company’s basic ‘situation’ is a that a hetero man pretends to be gay so that the landlord allows him to share an apartment with two women. In 3C, the man really is gay, and the play depicts his anguish. The two female roommates are anguished individuals as well.

Reading Judge Preska’s dry recitation of the Three’s Company script summaries at first felt like some strange judicial version of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Then I read the summary of 3C. Maybe anger at the original copyright owner should be part of the Fair Use Test.

adjmi v DLT three’s company.pdf by martyschwimmer



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Apr/15

Recent Trademark Decisions