Storm Troopers In The Courtroom

by: Tamera H. Bennett Testimony began today in Britain to enforce a 2006 California court judgment against a British prop designer held liable for copyright and trademark infringement of the Star Wars' "Storm Trooper" design.

Andrew Ainsworth, sculpted the Stormtrooper helmet for the first "Star Wars" movie in 1977. Ainsworth now sells replicas of the helmets and armor "casted from the original molds."

Lucasfilms won a $20 million judgment in 2006. Now that they are enforcing the judgment, Ainsworth is countersuing claim he owns the copyright and is entitled to a portion of the $24 Billion in "Star Wars" merchandising revenue.

May the Force be with you in all your litigation.