Topps claims Upper Deck stole its designs for some of its 2009 baseball products. What does a card-loving lawyer think?
The latest court battle between Topps and Upper Deck centers around the use of card designs.
You might recall Upper Deck claiming victory when we reported back in April that a federal judge had denied a Topps request for a temporary restraining order. But the case is far from over if Thursday’s developments are any indication.
There’s little doubt some vintage Topps cards do look an awful lot like what Upper Deck has put into boxes with its 2009 product line. Topps is crying foul, but if you read our coverage of the suit earlier this year, you know that Upper Deck believes their east coast rival doesn’t have a case.
Paul Lesko, an associate at Simmons Cooper in East Alton, Illinois and chairman of the firm’s intellectual property department, says the suit may seem like just the latest in a line of court battles over baseball cards, but its implications could be long-lasting.