Sherlock Copyright Weaker, But Trademarks Still Afoot

Law360, New York (January 7, 2014, 6:53 PM EST) -- Even after last month's ruling that Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is mostly in the copyright public domain, would-be creators of new Holmes content could continue to face IP trouble from an estate that claims a slew of trademark rights to wield against copycats.

The Dec. 23 ruling in favor of Leslie Klinger, an author and editor of new Holmes stories, dealt entirely with copyright law, shooting down the Doyle estate's novel argument that character traits developed in 10 still-protected short stories meant the entire character...
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