A federal court in Los Angeles, CA blocked release of the film "Age of the Hobbits" in light of the pending US debut of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Shawn Sullivan's insight:
Yesterday a court found that the title of "Age of the Hobbits," a "mockbuster" direct-to-DVD film release, was likely to be confused with trademarks associated with J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." The court's ruling came just days before the December 16 U.S. release of the new film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
A US court exonerated General Motors for using Albert Einstein's image in an advertisement, finding that Einstein's persona now belongs to the public domain. The court predicted that the maximum duration of a posthumous right of publicity under New Jersey law would not exceed 50 years. This article describes the court's reasoning and conclusions.
A new law approved by the Nicaraguan congress regulates access to and sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources. As explained in this article, the law also has significant implications for intellectual property rights over innovations relating to biological materials.