POINT patents inventor makes invention public use and waits too long to file

Point patents inventor makes invention public use and

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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 patentCourt proceedings: district court rules no infringement occurredPOINT: 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 infringementCourt proceedings: district and appellate court ruled for plaintiff; U.S. Supreme Court reversedPOINT: 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 seriesCourt proceedings: district court ruled for Castle Rock; appellate court affirmsPOINT: fair use defense in copyright infringementJohnson v. HicksSummary: 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 neighborCourt proceedings: trial court held irrigation pipe not a fixture; appellate court reversesPOINT: FixturesBaker v. ZingelmanSummary: 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
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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 goreCourt proceedings: trial court found daughter possessed gore by adverse possession; appellate affirmedPOINT: 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 homeCourt proceedings: trial court ruled for nursing home; appellate court reversed; NY Supreme Court affirmed appellate court decisionPOINT: existence of fiduciary relationship causes careful scrutiny by court on legitimacy of giftsSchely v. CouchSummary: 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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