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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Cyber Bishop » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:12 pm

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Seibertron wrote:This is to help protect the name "Bumblebee" on other products that DC provides a license for, such as brick toys and presumably other areas such as collectible statues and figures or whatever.


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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Ebonyleopard » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:16 pm

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Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't there a Bumblebee toy from the original Teen Titan toy line? I could have sworn I remember one. Though this could turn into a case of letting sleeping bees lie or you might get stung. Yeah, I just did that.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Ebonyleopard » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm

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As a matter of fact there was a Teen Titans Bumblebee toy https://www.google.com/search?q=teen+ti ... 6BsIhD1eAM:
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby o.supreme » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:22 pm

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No we totally get it, and it seems as though things are overlapping. is there a chance that although the TM was registered to Hasbro, perhaps its true owners (DC) could have been overlooked?

Still there are other questions...

Why did Hasbro not use the name Bumblebee from 1995-2005(ish...)? I thought it was because they had lost the right to use the Bumblebee name?

What about Buumblebee Tuna? Is Hasbro going to sue them as well?

Unfortunately this is not a first for DC...Somehow they lost the rights to the name "Captain Marvel" even though they (through Fawcett comics) had it long before Marvel. Now he is simply referred to as Shazam (which was the Wizards name originally...but whatever...


Legally Hasbro may have an obligation to protect their IP name, but it's still not wise IMHO...I guess it just comes down to which companies have the best lawyers and the most $$$, unfortunately it's not about right or wrong in this case.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:37 pm

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Allow me to say that Hasbro is the stupid one here. Not only they will pass themselves as assshat, but DC Bumblebee is at least as old as me, meaning born in 1976. Years older than Autobot Bumblebee.

Also, Bumblebee is a FREAKING COMMON NOM FROM A FREAKING COMMON BUG. :BANG_HEAD:

So, let them settle this stupidity out of court by renaming officially the super heroine "DC Bumblebee" and the transforming robot "Autobot Bumblebee". Of course, in fiction the characters would be just plain "Bumblebee".

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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:47 pm

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Ebonyleopard wrote:Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't there a Bumblebee toy from the original Teen Titan toy line? I could have sworn I remember one. Though this could turn into a case of letting sleeping bees lie or you might get stung. Yeah, I just did that.


You're the second one to mention that, which prompts me to investigate...

And there is, in one instance she came in a two-pack with Hot Spot (so that's who stole the Protectobot's name), by Bandai and not Mattel in 2004:

Bumble Bee & Hot Spot on She's Fantastic.

Both "Bumblebee" and the parsed "Bumble Bee" was used.

The main question is, who is the legal owner of the current trademark? Was it DC comics who registered it in that field and lets any licensee use it, or was it Mattel? That would affect the possible outcome with precedent.

-Kanrabat- wrote:So, let them settle this stupidity out of court by renaming officially the super heroine "DC Bumblebee" and the transforming robot "Autobot Bumblebee". Of course, in fiction the characters would be just plain "Bumblebee".


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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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DC has no right to this Hasbro please just end this frivolous argument. Bumblebee belongs in Transformers and it is there he will stay. :(
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Seibertron » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:58 pm

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o.supreme wrote:No we totally get it, and it seems as though things are overlapping.


You're absolutely NOT getting it, based on your comments above.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Seibertron » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:01 pm

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o.supreme wrote:Legally Hasbro may have an obligation to protect their IP name, but it's still not wise IMHO...I guess it just comes down to which companies have the best lawyers and the most $$$, unfortunately it's not about right or wrong in this case.


It absolutely is about what's right and wrong, and your comments show very clearly that you are not understanding what this is about. Without rehashing everything, this is about whether or not two "action figure" toys can both be called Bumblebee and whether or not a brick based character can be called "Bumblebee", etc. This is NOT about whether or not DC Comics can have a fictional character in their comic book universe named Bumblebee. It is all about whether or not DC can have an action figure or other type of toy named Bumblebee while Hasbro has the trademark.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby EvasionModeBumblebee » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:02 pm

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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Sunburnninja » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:17 pm

tbh im surprised this didnt happen sooner but whatever,I wonder what the outcome will be
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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You have to sue to sue orienting the copyright or others can use it and show you've never gone after others for using the name.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:12 pm

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Ok, here's a step-by-step explanation, detailing what's actually going on, for the people who think Hasbro want the DC character nixed:

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Toy manufacturer Hasbro and comic book company DC Comics

Setting
Each of the two companies have created a character named "Bumblebee". One is an alien transforming robot, most often in the form of a yellow compact car or a Chevrolet Camaro in the Live Action Movies, the other is a Super Heroine, styled after a bumblebee.

Conflict
One word: merchandising. While two characters sharing a name in-fiction even though each is owned by a different company is perfectly legal AFAIK, it's the trademarks used for marketing the goods of those two characters that pose the problem. Current trademark law does not allow the same trademarked name to be used by two different companies in the same category. For this case's sake it's mostly Toys & Sporting Goods, as well as other areas the companies are active in (someone at the trademark office must have had an off day).

Precedents
Hasbro has used the trademark in the periods 1984-1995 (not including hiatuses) and 2006-present, whereas DC comics has hardly had any toys made of the character in those time frames AFAIK. Feel free to correct me on that. The only thing worth mentioning are the Teen Titans figures made by Bandai, in the interim no less. Currently the DC character has made the top-tier character jump with plenty of merchandising in multiple toy lines to boot, while Hasbro's Bumblebee has been a favorite in every line he appeared in for the past 10 years. DC Comics Bumblebee may be older by a good number of years, and DC Comics may have applied for the trademark sooner, but precedent of use will play a factor on who eventually gets sole ownership of the name in any category.

Possible Outcomes
No matter how the case goes, it's fairly certain one of the parties will have to search for an alternative trademark for marketing the character it owns. Either one will still be named "Bumblebee", it's just the name on the toy packaging that will be different.

You know what's sad? Until now I hadn't even heard of DC's Bumblebee :oops:
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Halfofme07 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:40 pm

Still, it used to be that common-use terms could not be trademarked. Only in the past several years has a case like this been possible, now that our justice system is geared only towards the biggest paycheck. So--what--now if my kid wants to buy an anatomically accurate insect bumblebee from the Discovery Channel toys or some other animal toy line, it won't simply be called a bumblebee because of Hasbro's greed? It's f-ing ridiculous. And it's sick.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:56 pm

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Halfofme07 wrote:Still, it used to be that common-use terms could not be trademarked. Only in the past several years has a case like this been possible, now that our justice system is geared only towards the biggest paycheck. So--what--now if my kid wants to buy an anatomically accurate insect bumblebee from the Discovery Channel toys or some other animal toy line, it won't simply be called a bumblebee because of Hasbro's greed? It's f-ing ridiculous. And it's sick.


Well, no. Hasbro have no really "greed" in this. It's because the copyright laws are weird and convoluted that Hasbro have no choices but to sue. Why do you think so many Transformers names have been changed over the years? Often by just adding :BOT: or :CON: to the name? Because of this.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Seibertron » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:00 pm

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Here's an excellent article about trademarks that will help clarify what's going on for most of you who are extremely confused about what a trademark is: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_ ... _roll.html

Not to mention, where is all of this anti-Hasbro rhetoric coming from? That seems really uncalled for, especially considering that most of you don't understand what the article was about in the first place.

And here's another excellent article that more closely applies to the situation with Bumblebee, as it pertains to the many different trademarks of the word APPLE.

https://secureyourtrademark.com/can-you ... s-phrases/
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Aimless Misfire » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:08 am

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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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Hasbro are you f**king serious?

What is this ? An attempt to recoup some money they lost on the Last Knight toyline?

TConsidering the lack of similarities between the two characters, how can Hasbro prove that the existance of this character is costing them money or sales?

Case dismissed. Hasbro pays the court fees.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby Va'al » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:04 am

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Seibertron wrote:This is to help protect the name "Bumblebee" on other products that DC provides a license for, such as brick toys and presumably other areas such as collectible statues and figures or whatever.




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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby o.supreme » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:58 am

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DC Comics and Warner Bros. announced the DC Super Hero Girls franchise in April 2015 as a partnership with Mattel. The TV series began airing in October 2015. The series features younger versions of DC superheroes, including Batgirl and Harley Quinn, as they attend high school. The Bumblebee character is a tech wizard with super strength and the ability to shrink. The original Bumblebee character was first introduced in the DC “Teen Titans” comic series in 1977.

Hasbro filed for a trademark on the “Bumblebee” name on July 15, 2015, and the trademark was registered on Dec. 22, 2015.



ok so timeline....

1st. Warner Bros. announced the DC Super Hero Girls franchise in April 2015
2nd. Hasbro filed for a trademark on the “Bumblebee” name on July 15, 2015
3rd. The TV series began airing in October 2015
4th. the trademark was registered on Dec. 22, 2015

So...like I said earlier...the timelines overlap....The DC line was announced before Hasbro filed, and was airing, and I assume toys produced, before the actual Trademark Registration.

I guess the legal question is...Can another company produce toys of two completely different characters that happen to have the same name in-between the copyright filing & registration time period?...

On a practical note however...there is no likeness between DC & Hasbro toys and brick based sets both bearing the name Bumblebee.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:22 pm

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Rated X wrote:Hasbro are you f**king serious?


Yes they are.

What is this ? An attempt to recoup some money they lost on the Last Knight toyline?


It's an attempt to retain sole ownership of the "Bumblebee" trademark, nothing else.

Considering the lack of similarities between the two characters, how can Hasbro prove that the existance of this character is costing them money or sales?


Nothing to do with that. Current law only allows one company possession of the "Bumblebee" trademark for toys, so Hasbro and DC Comics will be duking it out for it.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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Rated X wrote:Hasbro are you f**king serious?

What is this ? An attempt to recoup some money they lost on the Last Knight toyline?

TConsidering the lack of similarities between the two characters, how can Hasbro prove that the existance of this character is costing them money or sales?

Case dismissed. Hasbro pays the court fees.


Knee jerk comment before reading anything deeper.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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Halfofme07 wrote:Still, it used to be that common-use terms could not be trademarked. Only in the past several years has a case like this been possible, now that our justice system is geared only towards the biggest paycheck. So--what--now if my kid wants to buy an anatomically accurate insect bumblebee from the Discovery Channel toys or some other animal toy line, it won't simply be called a bumblebee because of Hasbro's greed? It's f-ing ridiculous. And it's sick.

You cannot trademark the name Bumblebee for a toy of a bumblebee. It's too obvious. That's part of why there were never any Beast Wars characters named as such. But a yellow compact car or sports car that is also a robot named Bumblebee? You can trademark that, because it's not common enough to be colloquial.

All I'm seeing here is that nobody really understands trademark law, which is okay, it's not something that comes up everyday and it's full of gray areas and ambiguity.
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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

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Re: Hasbro Suing DC Comics for Use of 'Bumblebee' Name

Postby EunuchRon » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:13 pm

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So Hasbro is spending money on lawyers instead of, you know, making good toys? I could get it if someone named their character Optimus Prime or Megatron, but Bumblebee? Seriously? It's a common name for a common bug. These people gotta think their customers are all blind and stupid to mistake a bug lady for a car robot. Man I hate suits. Way to insult our intelligence, jerkfaces.
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