Posted by: mulrickillion | January 16, 2012

Stormtroopers in the Supreme Court


By Jay Gajjar, Jan 13, 2012 —

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, successor of the world-renowned House of Lords, is the highest court of the land, it passes judgment on only matters of the highest legal importance. Cases heard within these walls call upon counsel of the highest caliber and, in turn, are heard by some of the most educated and respected ears within the legal world. Not a place for a “Mickey Mouse dispute”, then.

Therefore, as fans would no doubt agree, the dispute over Stormtrooper helmet design between Lucasfilm and Shepperton Design Studios could be litigated in no other court. . . .

So, why the battle? Shepperton Design Studios (hereinafter “SDS”) is an unauthorised manufacturer of replica Star Wars memorabilia, including the Stormtrooper helmet. The dispute in fact began in 2006 in the U.S. when Lucasfilm filed a claim that SDS has infringed a copyright by manufacturing these helmets and further claimed that SDS had made false claims relating to the moulds and their status – SDS did not defend the decision and awarded Lucasfilm $20 million. The case was argued in the High Court of Justice to ensure the U.S. decision would have effect in the English jurisdiction. . . .

Stormtroopers in The Supreme Court | World Today – Jay Gajjar


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