People hoping for a quick resolution to the CBS Corporation/Paramount Pictures vs. Axanar Productions are in for a disappointment with the news that a potential start date for the court case won’t come until May 9, 2017.
That is, unless a settlement is hammered out between the opposing sides. Both sides will explore settlement proceedings overseen by a federal magistrate in hopes of resolving the case.
Next week, there will be a hearing where Judge R. Gary Klausener will consider a defense motion to dismiss the case.
The proposed trial schedule would be as follows, if no settlement or dismissal of the case occurs.
- Jun 8, 2016: Last day to add parties (so-called John Does)
- Oct 28, 2016: Fact discovery cut-off
- Nov 18, 2016: Initial expert disclosures
- Dec 16, 2016: Rebuttal expert disclosures
- Jan 27, 2017: Expert discovery cut-off
- Feb 13, 2017: Motions due
- Apr 24, 2017: Final pre-trial conference
- May 9, 2017: Trial begins
The trial would be expected to last up to fifteen days.
Meanwhile, the Language Creation Society has filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief claiming that Paramount doesn’t own the Klingon language, according to The Guardian. “Given that Paramount Pictures commissioned the creation of some of the language, it is understandable that Paramount might feel some sense of ownership over the creation,” said attorney Marc Randazza. “But, feeling ownership and having ownership are not the same thing. The language has taken on a life of its own.”
“A language is only useful if it can be used to communicate with people,” responded Paramount‘s attorney, David Grossman, “and there are no Klingons with whom to communicate.”