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Breville Europe v Thorn EMI Domestic Appliances Ltd: ChD 1995

Copyright was asserted in plastic shapes used as moulds for the heated plates in a sandwich toaster. Held: The defendants had not appropriated the plaintiff’s designs contained in their drawings in producing their own machine. Falconer J (obiter) said: ‘Turning to the plaster shapes or sculptures, the defendants contended that these were not sculptures within … Continue reading Breville Europe v Thorn EMI Domestic Appliances Ltd: ChD 1995

Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: CA 16 Dec 2009

The claimants had made several Star Wars films for which the defendants had designed various props items. The parties disputed ownership of the rights in the designs, and in articular of a stormtrooper helmet. The issues came down to whether the defendant had rights to reproduce images under sections 51 and 52. The claimants appealed … Continue reading Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: CA 16 Dec 2009

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