Dying of Litigation in the Icy Cold of Space
It’s 50 years since the airing of the original Star Trek series. And the lawyers at Foley Hoag have put together a detailed list of 50 of the more memorable litigated disputes. Not surprisingly, there is an emphasis on intellectual properties.
Anyone remember the Romulans, a puck rock band out of California? Probably not even though Paramount lost its bid to prevent the band from trademarking its name.
Were you aware that the heirs of science fiction writer Murray Leinster sued Paramount alleging that Star Trek: First Contact infringed on the trademark rights of Leinster’s novella, First Contact? The 1945 novella is credited with the first use of a universal translator in science fiction.