Fed. Circ. Affirms Disney's Rights To 'Pooh' Characters
By Jonathan Randles
Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 5:09 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday said that publisher Stephen Slesinger Inc. had transferred its rights to the "Winnie-the-Pooh” franchise to Disney Enterprises Inc., backing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that said issues related to the ownership of the popular characters had already been decided in a previous court decision.
In a 2-1 ruling, the Federal Circuit said the USPTO's appeals board correctly dismissed Slesinger's challenge to Disney's ownership of trademark rights related to A.A. Milne's literary work featuring Pooh and other characters. In its...