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Marvel Being Sued By Rimowa Over The Avengers 10-Disc Box Set Briefcase

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Sun, 08/05/2012 - 00:34


Remember the "indestructible" briefcase that Nick Fury used to house the Cosmic Cube in The Avengers movie?

Yeah, the same one that is being used for The Avengers movie Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled (10-Disc Limited Edition Six-Movie Collector's Set) [Blu-ray]?

Well, seems Marvel Studios and Disney never got permission from the German luggage company, Rimowa, to use if for the box set, but Rimowa did let them use the real deal for the movie.

How nice.

Technically it's not one of Rimowa's - as it's plastic - but Rimowa is suing as it's basically(keyword?) the same thing except "in every respect but quality."

Part of the trademark infringement complaint reads: "Images of the replica briefcase on Marvel's advertising materials, and fan video from Marvel's product display at this year's ComicCon convention, show the plastic 'replica case' to be a close copy of Rimowa's Topas attaché case in every respect but quality - from the proportions and coloring, to the style of the handle and latches, and, of course, in the use of the trademarked parallel ridges around the body of the case."

Now there was a recent similar case against Warner Bros. for Hangover 2 by Louis Vuitton, which was rejected back in June by the courts, but still, what's Disney's track record of protecting their own?

Maybe we should ask Ghost Rider's Gary Friedrich.