Ep #4: Intellectual Property in the Cartoon World of The Simpsons - Brands and inventions in the Springfield Universe

  • Ep #4: Intellectual Property in the Cartoon World of The Simpsons - Brands and inventions in the Springfield Universe

    This week on IP Goes Pop! Volpe Koenig Shareholder, Randy Huis, joins Michael Snyder to talk about inventions and technology in the cartoon world of “The Simpsons” television show.

     

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In this episode, Michael and Randy discuss whether and how it would be possible to protect intellectual property from the imaginary and always entertaining town of Springfield.

Timestamps:

00:46 Cartoons and IP
02:10 Inventions in the Springfield Universe

02:30 Wiki | Fandom

03:32 That Disastrous Car Homer Simpson Designed Was Actually Ahead of Its Time (Wired magazine online, July 2, 2014, https://www.wired.com/2014/07/homer-simpson-car/)

04:00 Protecting a car that is “powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a sponge ball.”

05:20 Design Patent protection overview

14:05 Famous inventors, older inventions, and public use

14:19 Wiki | Fandom

15:49 Prior Art and Inventorship

19:58 Patent term and expiration

22:36 Cartoon world meets the legal world

23:26 Hologram at Comic-Con Draws Patent Lawsuit (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter online, August 15, 2014, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/homer-simpson-hologram-at-comic-725830)

Hologram Lawsuit Settled (Variety online, Feb 26, 2015, https://variety.com/2015/biz/news/homer-simpson-hologram-lawsuit-against-fox-settled-1201442620/)

                                  U.S. Patent Nos. 5,865,519 and 7,883,212

26:28 The Internet and Domain Names

26:31 Wiki | Fandom

29:31 Character Rights

Attorneys

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