In case you didn’t know, Batman himself uses intellectual property to protect his most prized possession, the Batmobile! In fact, not so long ago a California Court handed Warner Bros. a big victory when it ruled that custom cars manufacturer, Gotham Garage, had violated the Bros.’ intellectual property rights in the iconic Batmobile and related Batman assets.
Needless to say, Batman was very upset and extremely confused by the double rainbow version of his Bat-Signal plaguing the sky. Thankfully, he cited his lengthy list of federal trademark registrations and the court agreed that Gotham Garage had infringed on his trademark rights by using the mark on their cars and marketing materials.
Further, in an attempt to protect the unique design of his Batmobile, he casually reminded the court that only Batman could have made such an awesome mobile. Plus, he showed them his copyright registration. The court agreed and even noted that the Batmobile is akin to the “Godzilla” character because like the Batmobile, “Godzilla has developed a constant set of traits that distinguish [it] from other fictional characters,” thus meriting copyright protection for his beloved Batmobile.
Bottom line: Even superheroes rely on intellectual property law to protect their goodies.