High-End Hermès Handbags at Center of Suit Against Christie’s (via New York Times)
“No one, it is said, knows more about the buying and selling of pre-owned Hermès bags than Matthew Rubinger, Heritage’s Birkin whisperer. But now Mr. Rubinger, 26, has left for another more famous auction house — Christie’s International — and the battle of the Birkins has begun.
Heritage on Friday filed a lawsuit against Christie’s, claiming Mr. Rubinger breached his contract and stole trade secrets.”
Judge Tesla CEO Elon Musk on his actions, not his words (via IAM Magazine Blog)
“If Musk had wanted to make a more powerful statement about the pointlessness of patents then he would have given Tesla’s up; or, as this blog by law firm Downs Rachlin Martin pointed out, promised not to use them even for defensive purposes. But he didn’t. Tesla still owns a big patent portfolio.”
Antitrust Trial Concerning Athletes’ IP Rights Poses New Major Challenge to NCAA Cartel Arrangements (via Truth on the Market)
“Whatever the outcome of the current rights of publicity litigation, the NCAA may expect to face antitrust scrutiny on a number of fronts. This is as it should be. While the organization clearly yields efficiencies that benefit consumers (such as establishing and overseeing rules and standards for many collegiate sports), its inherent temptation to act as a classic cartel for the financial benefit of its members will not disappear. Indeed, its incentive to seek monopoly profits may rise, as the money generated by organized athletics and related entertainment offshoots continues to grow. Accordingly, antitrust enforcers should remain vigilant, and efforts to obtain NCAA-specific statutory antitrust exemptions, even if well-meaning, should be resisted.”