Electronic Arts Federal Appellate Court Decisions

ROBIN ANTONICK V. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.

Filed: November 22, 2016


Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Case Number: 14-15298

Copyright. The panel affirmed the district court’s judgment as a matter of law in favor of Electronic Arts, Inc., in a diversity action seeking unpaid royalties pursuant to a contract, arising from alleged copyright infringement. Plaintiff Robin Antonick developed the computer code for the original John Madden Football game for the Apple II computer, which was released by Electronic Arts. Electronic Arts subsequently released Madden games for Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo for…

DIRECT TECHNOLOGIES V. ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.

Filed: September 6, 2016


Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Case Number: 14-56266

Copyright / Trade Secrets. The panel affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s summary judgment in favor of defendant Electronic Arts, Inc., in a copyright infringement and trade secrets case. Electronic Arts, maker of The Sims, a computer game, contracted with a production company to produce a USB flash drive shaped like a “PlumbBob,” a gem-shaped icon from the game. That company contracted with Direct Technologies, LLC, to produce a prototype.…

MICHAEL DAVIS V. ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.

Filed: January 6, 2015


Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Case Number: 12-15737