Law of Cards: Topps Dismissed from Electronic Trading Cards Lawsuit

Law of Cards: Topps Dismissed from Electronic Trading Cards Lawsuit

A slew of defendants just followed Panini's lead, and have left the Wildcat electronic card lawsuit.

As previously reported, on December 17, Wildcat settled with and then dismissed Panini from the lawsuit. In short order thereafter, Electronic Arts (on December 19), Wizards of the Coast (on December 19), Topps (on December 20) and Sony (on December 20) also entered into settlement agreements, and were later dismissed from the suit by Wildcat.

This dramatically shrinks the case and leaves just a few defendants, including Konami, who very well might have been the only party that argued against Wildcat in the December 20 Markman hearing.

The terms of Wildcat's settlements with Electronic Arts, Wizards of the Coast, Topps and Sony are confidential (like the Panini settlement), so it's difficult to tell who "won" and who "lost" (if anyone did win or lose).

However, if things keep following this settlement track, the clear winner will be the court because it won’t need to rule on the esoteric argument of whether an electronic trading card that only "is" collected rather than one that "can be" collected infringes this patent.

The information provided in Paul Lesko's "Law of Cards" column is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues commonly encountered in the sports industry. This information is not intended to create any legal relationship between Paul Lesko, the Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC or any attorney and the user. Neither the transmission nor receipt of these website materials will create an attorney-client relationship between the author and the readers.

The views expressed in the "Law of Cards" column are solely those of the author and are not affiliated with the Simmons Law Firm. You should not act or rely on any information in the "Law of Cards" column without seeking the advice of an attorney. The determination of whether you need legal services and your choice of a lawyer are very important matters that should not be based on websites or advertisements.

Top eBay Listings

A.J. GREEN 2012 TOPPS MAGIC BOLD FULL BODY SP AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD!
$34.95

2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorite Autograph Rodney Hampton Giants Georgia
$25.00

2013 Topps UFC Knockout Fighter Memorabilia Relic Autograph Takanori Gomi 399
$25.00

2012 TOPPS UFC KNOCKOUT-CHAMPION DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON-GEAR RELIC AUTO #'D 148 200!
$23.99

2012 TOPPS FINEST MOMENTS - UFC CHAMPION - DANIEL CORMIER - AUTOGRAPH RARE AUTO!
$21.99

2010 Topps Chrome Jason Heyward Autograph & 2013 Topps Chrome XFractor (6 LOT)
$21.99

2012 TOPPS CHROME - DELLIN BETANCES - #167 RC ROOKIE RARE HOT SP AUTO AUTOGRAPH!
$19.99

Lot of 2 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen autograph Daniel Bard "On Card" Auto Joe Benson
$12.95

2013 Topps Finest Didi Gregorious Rookie Autograph Patch Atomic Refractor 2 5
$100.00

PERCY HARVIN 2012 TOPPS PROLIFIC PLAYMAKERS AUTOGRAPH AUTO
$22.00

2013 Topps Inception (# IEA-KA) Keenan Allen Elements Fog Auto #d 25 25
$23.50

2013 Topps Inception (# IEA-JF) Johnathan Franklin Elements Fog Auto #d 01 25
$13.50
« Previous12345

 |  E-Mail | URL
Paul Lesko has litigated intellectual property for over 15 years. Don’t hold the fact that Paul is a lawyer against him, he’s also a rabid baseball and college basketball fan, and an avid baseball card collector. Paul can be found on Twitter @Paul_Lesko and Google+.

Leave a Comment:

MENU