DC & Hasbro Settle BUMBLEBEE Lawsuit - Report

Credit: Hasbro/Paramount Pictures/DC Entertainment
Credit: Hasbro/Paramount Pictures

Updated August 16, 2018: Hasbro has settled its trademark lawsuit against DC over the use of the name "Bumblebee", according to Variety.

Hasbro sued DC over the use of the name, which is used both for the well-known Transformer who is about to get his own spin-off movie, and a shrinking DC Comics superhero.

The terms of the reported settlement were not disclosed.

Bumblebee is due out in theaters December 21.

Original Story: Hasbro has filed a trademark lawsuit against Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment over the usage of the character name "Bumblebee," according to Variety.

The lawsuit stems from DC's character Bumblebee, a shrinking superhero with a bee theme, who has recently appeared in DC's Super Hero Girls franchise. Hasbro contends DC's Bumblebee can too easily be confused with their Transformers character Bumblebee, who can switch forms between a warrior robot and a yellow automobile.

Hasbro's lawsuit specifically seeks to block the sale of Bumblebee toys from the DC's Super Hero Girls line, which it contends will interfere with sales of its Bumblee Transformers toys. Bumblebee is set to be the star of the first of several planned Transformers spin-off films in 2018.

DC first used the Bumblebee name back in 1977 for the Teen Titans' Karen Beecher. Hasbro's Bumblebee was named by then-Marvel editor Bob Budiansky in 1983 as part of Marvel's licensing deal to develop and publish the original 1980s Transformers title.

Hasbro's trademark of "Bumblebee" was granted in December 2015.

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