Maybe worry about fake unicorns after the pandemic?
A federal judge signed an arts company to demand a hearing for his trial – over products with “life-like portraits” of mythical creatures such as unicorns and dragons – while the corona virus puts society on its knees.
“There are phone cases with elves and unicorns and a unicorn running under a castle lit by a full moon. At the same time, the world is in the midst of a global pandemic, ”Chicago federal judge Steven Seeger deadpanned in a March 18 decision.
The Spanish-based company Art Ask Agency owns the license for designs by British artist Anne Stokes, including one that shows the “interlocking heads for two amorous-looking unicorns” and works with titles such as “Spell Weaver” and “Summon the Reaper.”
The company claims that the named China-based companies have broken Stokes’s design, which is emblazoned on goods such as camping tents and pocketbooks and uses them for knock-off products.
On March 10, the Art Ask Agency asked Seeger to issue a restraining order and hold a hearing.
Seeger did not schedule the hearing, noting that the courts were scaling back their business as the number of cases of COVID-19 grew and that the handling of the “offending unicorns and knock-off elves” could wait a few weeks.
The company asked him to retry and moan that it lost money while the case was put on hold.
Seeger was not moved.
In a harsh verdict, the judge stated that the company’s application reminded him of a quote by Elihu Root, the secretary of state under Teddy Roosevelt: “About half the practice of a decent lawyer tells clients that they are damned fools and should quit. “
“One wonders if the fake fantasy products are experiencing a fast sale right now,” Seeger wrote.
“The world is facing a real emergency. Plaintiff is not. “
A lawyer for the Art Ask Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.