High Court Won't Hear Case Over 'Pooh' Characters Rights

Law360, Washington (October 7, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Stephen Slesinger Inc.’s appeal of a Federal Circuit ruling finding that the publisher had transferred its rights to the "Winnie-the-Pooh” franchise to Disney Enterprises Inc.

The one-line order denying Slesinger Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari leaves in place the Federal Circuit’s 2012 decision affirming 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.

The denial is a setback...
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