Fleischer Studios, Inc. v. A.V.E.L.A., Inc., et al.

Docket Number: 09-56317
Judge: Wallace
Opinion Date: August 19, 2011

This appeal stemmed from the district court’s summary judgment dismissing Fleischer Studios, Inc.’s (Fleischer) copyright and trademark infringement action where the district court ruled that Fleischer held neither a valid copyright nor a valid trademark in the Betty Boop cartoon character and therefore lacked standing to sue. The court held that because the chain of title was broken, the district court properly dismissed Fleischer’s copyright infringement claim. The court vacated and remanded to the district court for further proceedings on Fleischer’s trademark infringmenet claims regarding the Betty Boop word mark because it was unable to ascertain a legal basis for the district court’s reasoning on the current record. View “Fleischer Studios, Inc. v. A.V.E.L.A., Inc., et al.” on Justia Law