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.

Hamilton-Spock-Plate-300x294Were 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.

More at the law firm’s blogsite. Two slips of gold-pressed latinum to IP lawyer Matthew Hines for bringing this to my attention.



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