DC Comics Skirts Roadblock In Batmobile IP Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 25, 2012, 5:36 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed a bid by a custom carmaker to dismiss a copyright infringement claim in DC Comics’ intellectual property suit over replica Batmobiles, rejecting arguments that a copyright exclusion for useful items like cars voids the claim.

“You argue in a conclusory way, but [DC Comics has] pointed out authority that says otherwise,” U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew told an attorney for the defendant, car builder Mark Towle, who owns Gotham Garage. “The court finds the complaint pleads sufficient facts...
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