POINT: patents; inventor makes invention public use and waits too long to file patent applicationLarami Corp. v. Alan Armron & Talk to Me Products, Inc.•Summary: Alan Amron sues Larami Corp. alleging SuperSoaker infringed on its watergun patent•Court proceedings: district court rules no infringement occurred•POINT: Infringement of patentFeist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co.•Summary: rural telephone directory entries used by publication of bigger area; rural company sues for copyright infringement•Court proceedings: district and appellate court ruled for plaintiff; U.S. Supreme Court reversed•POINT: originality requirementCastle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publishing Group, Inc.•Summary: trivia book published about show Seinfeld; Castle Rock sues on infringement of exclusive right to create derivative works from series•Court proceedings: district court ruled for Castle Rock; appellate court affirms•POINT: fair use defense in copyright infringementJohnson v. Hicks•Summary: neighbors installed irrigation system running through both of their lands; one neighbor and wife gets divorced; wife keeps property with irrigation; other neighbor moves part of irrigation on wife’s land to his land; wife sues neighbor•Court proceedings: trial court held irrigation pipe not a fixture; appellate court reverses•POINT: FixturesBaker v. Zingelman•Summary: couple moving elsewhere asks sister and her husband to move onto old property and operate antique shop; created homemade deed with inaccurate measurements of property; did not give part of barn to sister and husband; dispute arises when wife (prev. owner couple) parks her car on sister’s property; wife wants to forcibly remove strip of land not included unless sister and husband pay for land; sister and husband sue for trespassing •Court proceedings: trial court rules for sister and husband; appellate court affirms •POINT: problems arising from homemade deeds; court will attempt to make sense out of imprecisely drafted deedSexton v. Wagnon
•Summary: one neighbor uses gore that actually belongs on property of other neighbor; no dispute until neighbor gave his land to daughter; other neighbor sues demanding daughter stop using gore•Court proceedings: trial court found daughter possessed gore by adverse possession; appellate affirmed•POINT: Adverse possessionGordon v. Bialystoker Center & Bikur Cholim, Inc.•Summary: old lady recruited from hospital to nursing home where she was persuaded to sign over large donation; family sued nursing home•Court proceedings: trial court ruled for nursing home; appellate court reversed; NY Supreme Court affirmed appellate court decision•POINT: existence of fiduciary relationship causes careful scrutiny by court on legitimacy of giftsSchely v. Couch•Summary: landowner hires company to put in concrete floor in attached garage; construction worker finds jar of money from Civil War era when digging; worker sues landowner for money•
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