Presiding is Judge Cane.
Judge Cane: You, CBS, claim infringement of a fictional computing interface?
CBS: We do, Judge.
Judge Cane: I am familiar with LCARS, having seen the series.
CBS: Thank you, Judge.
Judge Cane: Now, CBS, show me the iOS software you have in the works that will feature this fictional LCARS interface.
Judge Cane: Well?
CBS: We don’t currently have any, Judge. But that doesn’t mean we won’t!
Judge Cane: So in the meantime you intend to deprive your devoted fans of a bit of fun?
Judge Cane: Isn’t that so?
CBS: Is “fun” a legally-recognized term, Judge?
Judge Cane: It is in this court!
Judge Cane: Now you, developer, why did you create this work?
Developer: We’re fans of the show. And there have been post after post comparing the iPad to the PADD, so we thought it’d make people happy.
CBS: Objection, Judge! “Happy” is a relative term!
Judge Cane: Overruled! Now, developer, I am familiar with the posts you cited. But did you ever inquire of CBS for a license?
Developer: We didn’t think that would be necessary.
Judge Cane: I see. Your ignorance disappoints me. CBS, would you have granted such a license?
CBS: For eleventy-million dollars and total creative control over the app, we would have, Judge!
Judge Cane: I see. Your greed disappoints me. Finally, CBS, one last question: Is there anything in this app that is defamatory, obscene, libelous, slanderous, or devalues the LCARS intellectual property?
CBS: We must admit to nothing of the sort, Judge.
Judge Cane: My ruling is this: The app is permitted and proceeds are to be divided fifty-fifty between developer and CBS. Should developer discontinue the app, all source code and rights are to be assigned to CBS. Developer is prohibited from doing future apps using the LCARS interface. Adjourned!
There. iPad and Trek fans are happy, CBS gets some unexpected bucks and future ownership, and developer has an incentive to continue without fear and with clear guidelines.
That is how you solve a problem like this, goddammit!
In my court the fans matter and “happy” and “fun” matter.