So where does this leave us? Effectively the court has broadly denied numerous summary judgement requests from both parties, while issuing a handful of findings and judgements. We see things such as GW's copyrights being broadly assigned to them, rather than being thrown out as un-copyrightable, the Chapterhouse website being removed as an object of the case, GW's arguments for Trademark dilution being dismissed, and a couple of dozen individual counts of infringment being removed from the case.It’s going to rumble on for a while, but the big thing for anyone after 3rd party bits is about shoulder pads, as it potentially means other companies are going to have to deal with GW’s legal team further down the track about this.
Basically the "contours" of the case have been slimmed down a bit, leaving the final *meaty decisions* of the case - comparisons of the individual companies products to each other to determine if any infringement occured in the hands of a future jury. This isn't over by a long shot.
"The shoulder pads created to fit onto GW’s physical figurines, though more proportionally accurate, are nevertheless still larger and boxier than those typically found outside of the Warhammer 40,000 fantasy world. The Court thus concludes that GW is entitled to copyright protection as to the design of its shoulder pads."