BeckMorrill_PatentLitigation_Sp08

BeckMorrill_PatentLitigation_Sp08 - EXAM#_ Final...

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EXAM#____________ Final Examination Patent Litigation Professors Beck and Morrill Spring 2008 1. You have two (2) hours to complete this exam. 2. This is an open book, open materials exam. 3. This exam consists of five (5) essay questions based on a common fact pattern, assigned points as indicated on the exam. Please write your response clearly in the blue books provided. Write on every other line to permit instructor comments. 4. Write your exam number on your exam envelope. Put the course number and exam # at the top of this page, each page of questions and each blue book. Do not use your name, student ID number or Social Security Number on any exam materials. 5. At the conclusion of the exam, return all test materials, including blue books, scratch paper and this exam packet, to the envelope and submit it to the proctor. DO NOT seal the envelope. Students who do not return all exam materials at the end of the exam may not be graded. GOOD LUCK! Beck and Morrill: Patent Litigation, Final, Spring 2008 Page 1 of 6
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EXAM#____________ Fact Pattern John David Stanley Stanier worked in the movie production business and became aware of the high cost of assembling and controlling extras for crowd scenes. “Handling extras is like herding cats” he used to say. The studios had tried to cut the cost of extras by using two dimensional cardboard cutout figures, but these had many disadvantages: They were heavy, inflexible, difficult to transport, required large amounts of storage space and were not useful in wet or windy conditions. More importantly, cardboard figures were often obvious, since they reflected light differently than three dimensional figures, and if the scene called for shots from the side or rear of the figures, they had to be reconfigured. Stanier came up with the idea of using inflatable mannequins similar to those used for modeling wearing apparel or as toys to give the impression of crowds in movies and videos. Stanier applied for and obtained the ‘538 patent, which contains the following claim and figure: 1. A method of using a plurality of inflatable life-sized humanoid figures for simulating a crowd of real people seated in a stadium or auditorium style seating and viewing a particular event in a foreground scene, at a cost affordable to the average movie producer, the simulated stadium or auditorium crowd for use in a background scene captured on a visual recording media, comprising: a. providing said plurality of inflatable life-sized humanoid figures at said background scene, b. inflating said plurality of inflatable life-sized humanoid figures at said background scene,
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course LAW LAW6571 taught by Professor Abbott during the Spring '10 term at Florida State College.

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