Batmobile Builder Says DC's Trademark Claim Came Too Late

Law360, Los Angeles (January 30, 2013, 6:36 PM EST) -- A custom carmaker who builds replicas of the iconic Batmobile on Wednesday urged a California federal judge to throw out DC Comics Inc.'s claim that he is infringing its trademarks, saying the publisher waited too long to assert its rights and has suffered no damages.

Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle argues DC Comics unreasonably delayed bringing its claim because it knew of his Batmobile-building activities as early as 2003, when a lawyer at parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. called him about a photograph she had seen...
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