Care of an article from Variety.com we can inform that Hasbro and DC Comics Have Settled the ‘Bumblebee’ Trademark Dispute.
Some months ago, two superhero franchises were about to square off in federal court over the right to market “Bumblebee” toys. The suit claimed that the DC “Bumblebee” character (A teenage girl with the ability to shrink) could easily be confused with our beloved yellow Autobot “Bumblebee”. In fact, the DC Bumblebee was introduced in the “Teen Titans” comics in 1977, while Hasbro Bumblebee first G1 incarnation was presented in 1983 and they obtained a trademark on the Bumblebee name in 2015.
Terms of the settlement haven’t been publicly disclosed, but from appearances, it seems that both companies can continue selling toys based on the Bumblebee character name. The Southern District of New York’s Judge Lorna Schofield dismissed the case after DC’s attorneys delivered a settlement notice to the court.
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