The Court Docket 11.03.10

Some interesting legal tidbits from the day:

»  A new Fox reality TV show, My Parents Are Gonna Love You, has been hauled into court and accused of copying a similar Italian reality show. [THR, Esq.]

»  Staff members at the U.S. International Trade Commission, an important venue in the smartphone patent battles, have sided with Nokia (NYSE: NOK) in a complaint brought by Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). The ITC is unusual in that legal staff weigh in as a third party representing the public interest, though the judge isn’t obligated to follow their advice. [Bloomberg]

»  Nevada Republican Sharron Angle won’t be making history the way she wanted to — by defeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But getting accused of intellectual property violations twice in a month may get her into the record books yet. Angle used images from the Monopoly board game for a website called the “Harry Reid Amnesty Game,” which accused Reid of being soft on illegal immigration. That earned her a cease-and-desist letter from Hasbro, owner of the Monopoly trademark. In September, meanwhile, copyright-enforcement company Righthaven sued her for posting an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on her website. [Huffington Post via Eric Goldman]