Monday, June 22, 2015

IS HE STRONG?  LISTEN, BUD!  HE'S GOT RADIOACTIVE BLOOD! When SCOTUS decides a patent licensing statutory interpretation case (about a Spider-Man toy), including noting (in the statement of fact) that "The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man (by doing whatever a spider can)," and explaining stare decisis with:
What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: “SpiderMan,” p. 13 (1962) (“[I]n this world, with great power there must also come—great responsibility”). 
You better believe we're on it.

1 comment:

  1. Joseph Finn11:01 AM

    I also like references to "webs of patent decisions" and "Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers,
    but only for a limited time."