On November 5, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Allen v. Cooper, a copyright case in which the petitioner claims that the State of North Carolina infringed his copyrights in images and video of the salvage of Blackbeard’s famed pirate ship. Westlaw IP Journal reached to Finnegan partner Margaret Esquenet for her predictions on the outcome of the case.
Margaret said, "While it is always difficult to predict how the court will decide, I think that the oral argument in Allen v. Cooper provides interesting insights regarding the issues the justices are weighing. On one side, the court is openly concerned about giving states the green light to freely—and without consequence—infringe privately held copyrights. On the other hand, the justices are reluctant to part with precedent and directly or indirectly overturn Florida Prepaid or to undermine state sovereign immunity with a new, potentially broadly applicable constitutional law decision."
April 5, 2019
Finnegan is deeply saddened by the death of our colleague Donald R. Dunner, who passed away on October 16, 2019, after a life of dedication and inspiration to many in IP law. Don was in a category all his own with his talent and distinct knowledge of IP law. His direct approach and enthusiasm for work and life touched everyone who worked with him, and we will miss him dearly.