Welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott Graham. After five years and two Ninth Circuit opinions, a New York fabric maker’s copyright case remains at square one. The reason: a federal judge who’s not always amenable to appellate direction. I’ve got details below. Plus, Conan O’Brien is nearing trial on allegedly copyrighted jokes, and two Knobbe Martens partners have new digs. As always you can email me your thoughts and follow me on Twitter.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real. Photo by Diego Radzinschi.

Keeping It Real at the Ninth Circuit

Fans of the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will remember the phrase “Manny being Manny.” It described superstar outfielder Manny Ramirez‘s eccentric behavior—disappearing into outfield scoreboards, high-fiving a fan after a spectacular catch, refusing orders to play left field.