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but we would have liked to have been among the group of articling students
researching the topic.
In analyzing a copyright claim about whether a car commercial featuring
an animated feline had trenched on the world of the Pink Panther, the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of New York stated that “one could
not conduct an intelligent conversation among animators or advertisers
with respect to an animated duck, without reference to Donald Duck or
with respect to an animated mouse, without reference to Mickey Mouse”. As
such, “we do not find it surprising … that there should be references to the
Pink Panther in a description of what an animated cat would be like, or that
comparisons to the Pink Panther should be made. In the Court’s view, the
Pink Panther is undoubtedly the preeminent animated large feline character.
In any discussion or consideration of such characters, the Pink Panther
provides an important point of reference”: United Artists Corporation v. Ford
Motor Company, 483 F. Supp. 89 (1980).
At the Law Society elections held on November 15, 2019, the following scurried
into positions as elected benchers for the 2020/21 term:
District No. 1 (Vancouver) – 11 elected
• Jamie Maclaren, Q.C.
• Jennifer Chow, Q.C.
• Jasmin Z. Ahmad
• Jeevyn Dhaliwal
• Julie K. Lamb, Q.C.
• Brook Greenberg
• Elizabeth J. Rowbotham
• Jeff Campbell, Q.C.
• Steven McKoen, Q.C.
• Jacqueline G. McQueen
• Karen L. Snowshoe
District No. 2 (Victoria) – 1 elected
• Pinder K. Cheema, Q.C.
District No. 3 (Nanaimo) – 1 elected
• Chelsea Dawn Wilson
District No. 4 (Westminster) – 3 elected
• W. Martin Finch, Q.C.
• Christopher A. McPherson, Q.C.