March-April 2014

IP and the Comic Book Superhero

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IP and the Comic Book Superhero

From early cases about the copyright eligibility of comic book characters to modern trademark disputes, comic books and the stories within them bring together a wide range of IP issues. Through the lens of comic book characters and their real world owners and creators, the authors examine recent developments and issues in the areas of patent law, the right of publicity, and copyright law.

An examination of the current status and future possibilities of PAE legislation.

An exploration of the extent to which design patent and copyright protection overlap and how courts have treated subject matter that could be protected by either type of regime.

The column provides highlights of recent trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent cases.

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