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UK Supreme Court uses the Force

James Nurton, London

At 10.45 yesterday morning a cleaner in the UK's new Supreme Court dusted a glass box containing a Star Wars stormtrooper's helmet. Fifteen minutes later, the Court's first IP case began

The helmet sat on a podium alongside the bewigged legal counsel and stared directly at Lady Hale, one of five judges hearing a copyright infringement dispute between Lucasfilm and Andrew Ainsworth.

The prop was there as a reminder that the...

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