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Old 2017-08-31, 12:40 PM   #11
Clay
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Originally Posted by Brendocon 2.0 View Post
The distinctions between the different physical toys of Starscream would fall under either copyright/patent/design law/whatever.

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Nah, trademarks are done by category. And, handily, are a matter of public record and are searchable online.
Ah, okay. I wasn't making the distinction between the word/name and the physical product and was assuming they were linked instead of being under separate spheres of legal protection. Now it makes a lot more sense that Hasbro would sue DC for making Bumblebee toys in violation of trademark. That the characters are easily distinguishable isn't the point, but rather that the word "Bumblebee" is the same. Got it.
 
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