News Intellectual Property Litigation The Bar Lucasfilm invokes the force of Sumption QC in Star Wars showdown By Margaret Taylor 5 January 2011 13:09 17 December 2015 15:36 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 5 January 2011 at 13:28 I hope they lose, if only so they won’t get any damages that could be used to make more Star Wars films. Reply Link Lando Calrissian 5 January 2011 at 15:12 But if they win, at least these guys won’t be able to afford to start making knock-off Jar Jar Binks masks… Reply Link Magic Circle Partner 5 January 2011 at 17:08 I’m in the office wearing a stormtrooper helmet right now and await the outcome of this case eagerly. Reply Link Yoda 5 January 2011 at 17:30 Much waste of court time does this appear to be. Reply Link The Real Yoda 5 January 2011 at 18:41 Hmm, Sculpture that is not. Sumption, desperate you are. Reply Link bobofet 5 January 2011 at 20:26 Only a waste of time if you believe that stealing designs and selling copies is acceptable business practices. Lucas owns all the IP related to Star Wars. Ainsworth was contracted at the time to mass produce the armour and helmets. The orginal designs were NOT from Ainsworth. Simple. Reply Link Anonymous 5 January 2011 at 20:47 i hope ainsworth loses the right to make & sell as he has nothing original well maybe his teeth Reply Link Hans Solo 5 January 2011 at 22:09 Let him win. Reply Link Princess Leia to Han Solo: A New Hope 6 January 2011 at 08:52 Princess Lucas: It’s not over yet. Han Sumption: It is for *me*, sister. Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. *I’m* in it for the money. Princess Lucas: You needn’t worry about your reward. If money is all that you love, then that’s what you’ll receive. [to Luke] Princess Lucas: Your friend is quite the mercenary. I wonder if he really cares about anything. Or anybody. [she stalks out] Luke: [calling after her] I care. (with thanks to the guy who wrote the script.) Reply Link Darth 6 January 2011 at 09:30 I find George Lucas’s lack of distinction between a sculpture and a commercial physical design disturbing. Reply Link Richard Kempner 6 January 2011 at 09:44 How totally bizarre that Sumption has been chosen. Great though he is, he’s not an IP specialist. In fact, I’ve never heard of him doing an IP case. A real baptism of fire in the Supreme Court, it will be (back to Yoda speak). Reply Link Anonymous 6 January 2011 at 10:02 I have a bad feeling about this Reply Link Obi Wan 6 January 2011 at 11:23 If the claim is successful and Ainsworth is struck down, he will become more powerful than Lucas could ever imagine. Reply Link Chewbacca 6 January 2011 at 14:03 ooorrrrhhhhhhhh Reply Link Aaron Wood 6 January 2011 at 16:04 Agree Richard. Great barrister, not massive IP knowledge – Bloch must feel a bit peeved. Maybe Lucas thinks that it’s a story in 3 parts with an overarching story arc – where are the Ewoks going to come from? I can imagine a reasonable line of argument – was the helmet created to fit into a particular creative vision for the film? I wonder if the answer would have been different if StarWars had been an edgy, avantegarde work? Reply Link Anonymous 6 January 2011 at 16:09 Han Sumption and Chewblocha..? Sumption gets all the best lines leaving the hapless sidekick to roar unintelligible comments? Reply Link Lando Calrissian 6 January 2011 at 16:25 Ainsworth asked his mate Ackbar whether he should fight the claim in America, but was told that it was a trap. Reply Link Admiral Ackbar 6 January 2011 at 16:50 Thank you Lando for the mention. I also suggested to Obi Wan Ainsworth that the UK’s Supreme Court was not going to be like ‘shooting wamp rats in a T-16’ either, but rather they should have considered the European Courts on the Forest Moon of Endor. Of course, that could turn out to be a trap too. (Although, at least on Endor, a tribe of friendly Euro-Ewoks might come to the rescue….) Reply Link Grand Moff Tarkin 6 January 2011 at 16:59 The Supreme Court? You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Sumption must be cautious. Reply Link Yoda 6 January 2011 at 17:48 New carpets in Supreme Court enjoy they will. Reply Link Obi Wan Kenobi 6 January 2011 at 17:56 The Sumption people have left The Supreme Court for now. However, do not be fooled. The Sumption people are easily startled, but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers. Reply Link Han Solo 6 January 2011 at 19:45 Han Sumption: Hokey defences and ancient copyright exceptions are no match for a good barrister at your side, kid. Reply Link The Real Yoda 6 January 2011 at 19:47 Run and run, this could. Realise lawyers were so witty, I did not. Reply Link Jedi Mind Trick 7 January 2011 at 09:10 These are not the sculptures you are looking for… Reply Link R2D2 7 January 2011 at 10:09 *beep* *beep* *bloop* *beep* *whistle* Reply Link Darth Steve 7 January 2011 at 10:16 You’d have thought with the Blu-Rays coming out George would have had other things on his mind. Ah well – someone who got most of his ideas for the series from Akira Kurosawa, Joseph Campbell, Alex Raymond and Jack Kirby obviously has the moral high ground here. Grand Moff Sumption’s got a busy year ahead of him. “Enforcement of US judgments through the back door, huh? Good idea”. Reply Link Obi Wan Brick Court 7 January 2011 at 10:51 Use the torts, Lukeas. Reply Link The Jawa Droid sale 7 January 2011 at 12:37 Luke: You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have stolen IP rights for Stormtrooper helmets. Uncle Owen: What makes you think that? Luke: Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Lucas. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he’s talking about? Uncle Owen: Uh-uh. Luke: I wonder if he’s related to Movie Mogul Lucas? Uncle Owen: That wizard is just a crazy old man. Reply Link Jabba the Supreme 7 January 2011 at 13:35 Mmmmmm, ei pee noleege laaaakin. Spasteelia a courta bunkadunka. Race a spuce adoobla, Sumption. Reply Link Jean Luc Picard 7 January 2011 at 16:06 I think I’m on the wrong post… Where do I go to read about the enforcement order relating to William Shatner’s personal guarantee on the loan for the USS Enterprise?? Reply Link The Real Yoda 10 January 2011 at 11:10 Had to spoil it, you did. Reply Link Citylawfirmworker 10 January 2011 at 14:27 Slightly OT: Is legalese one of C3PO’s 6 million languages? Thanks everyone for an amusing lunchtime read…. Reply Link Anonymous 26 April 2011 at 19:53 Of bigger interest to the fan-base is the fact that Ainsworth made a number of increasing ludicrous claims that effectively put him forward as the creative driving force behind Starwars (created 200 characters?), and solely responsible for it receiving financing and subsequent success. He also denies that Liz Moore, the artist responsible for the iconic Stormtrooper helmet, had any involvement in it. That has raised the ire of a number of fans. There are a number of issues that won’t be addressed in this hearing but really should come to light. I’m hoping that Lucasfilm are successful not because of the strength of their case or the impact on the industry, but solely to see Ainsworth lose. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.