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Batmobile Dc

Batmobile Dc

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Docket No. 13-55484
 In the
United States Court of ppeals
For the
 
Ninth Circuit
 
MARK TOWLE,
 Defendant-Appellant,
v. DC COMICS,
Plaintiff-Appellee.
 _______________________________________
 Appeal from a Decision of the United States District Court for the Central District of California,  No. CV-11-03934
 ·
 Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew
BRIEF OF APPELLEE
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J. ANDREW COOMBS, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION
 
517 East Wilson Avenue Suite 202
 Glendale, California 91206 (818) 500-3200 Telephone
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SQ
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EINBERGER 
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FROSS ZELNICK LEHRMAN & ZISSU, P.C.
 
866 United Nations Plaza
  New York, New York 10017 (212) 813-5900 Telephone
 Attorneys for Plaintiff-Appellee DC Comics
 
C
OUNSEL
P
RESS
·
 
(800) 3-APPEAL
 
P
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 N
ECYCLED
P
APER 
 
Case: 13-55484 02/03/2014 ID: 8964147 DktEntry: 28 Page: 1 of 77
 
 
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
DC Comics is a partnership. The general partners of DC Comics are Warner Communications Inc. and E.C. Publications, Inc. The ultimate parent of both Warner Communications Inc. and E.C. Publications, Inc. is Time Warner Inc., a  publicly held corporation. No publicly held corporation owns 10% or more of Time Warner Inc.
Case: 13-55484 02/03/2014 ID: 8964147 DktEntry: 28 Page: 2 of 77
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT .......................................................... i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES .................................................................................... vi SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................................................................. 1 JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT .......................................................................... 4 STANDARD OF REVIEW ....................................................................................... 4 ISSUES PRESENTED ............................................................................................... 4 STATEMENT OF THE CASE .................................................................................. 5 STATEMENT OF FACTS ........................................................................................ 6 A.
 
The Parties ....................................................................................................... 6 B.
 
DC’s Batman Property ..................................................................................... 6 C.
 
DC’s Rights in Batman and the Batmobile ..................................................... 7 1.
 
Background ........................................................................................... 7 (a) Copyrights in DC’s Comics ........................................................ 7 (b) Trademark Rights in BATMAN, BATMOBILE and the Bat Designs ............................................ 8 (c) DC’s Licensing Program ............................................................. 9 2.
 
Agreements Related to the Series........................................................ 10 (a) The 1965 ABC Agreement ....................................................... 10 (b) The 1965 Barris Agreement ...................................................... 11 (c) The 1966 Barris Agreement ...................................................... 13
Case: 13-55484 02/03/2014 ID: 8964147 DktEntry: 28 Page: 3 of 77

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