Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Patent Pending

Scientific advancements such as flying suits of armor, power-enhancing vaccines, indestructible metal alloys, and self-aware machines tend to crop up frequently in superhero films. But who exactly gets credit for their creation in the eyes of the law when two or more people are involved in the development process? Cheryl Junker applies current patent law to several on-screen collaborations to determine who owns the rights to the resulting outcomes.

(Image: Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) compare their Candy Crush scores in The Dark Knight, Warner Bros.)

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