DC Comics Prevails In Trademark Suit Vs. Kryptonite

By Marius Meland (September 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge in New York has ruled for DC Comics, which owns the Superman franchise, in a trademark suit against Ingersoll-Rand's Kryptonite Corp., a bicycle lock maker that adopted the name of the metal fatal to the man of steel.

DC Comics sued Kryptonite in July 2000, alleging infringement, unfair competition and dilution of the trademark and state law claims that Kryptonite Corp. was using kryptonite and other words containing "krypto" to confuse consumers into believing there was a connection between its products and Superman.

Krypronite, in turn, counterclaimed for recision of an agreement with DC Comics, which it said...

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