MARVEL Being Sued Over THE AVENGERS Collector's Briefcase Set

MARVEL Being Sued Over THE AVENGERS Collector's Briefcase Set

It looks like there's a lawsuit being filed against Marvel for the design of the briefcase being used for the Phase One blu-ray set... Click for more details

The Mary Sue is reporting that German luggage maker Rimowa GmbH is suing Marvel for mass-producing it's briefcase design for their Phase One blu-ray set without their permission.

I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t mess with Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. but a German luggage company is about to step up to the main man in a big way. The company, Rimowa GmbH, is suing Marvel and owner Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Why? See that magnificent DVD case above? That’s one of Rimowa GmbH’s designs. We know that for sure because they allowed Marvel to let Samuel L. Jackson carry it in The Avengers. What they didn’t do was allow Marvel to mass produce and sell it. Oops.


Rimowa says they have no problem with how their Topas attaché case was used in The Avengers, they gave permission for that. ”However, Marvel did not obtain any license or authorization from Rimowa to make replica copies of the cases for any purpose,” says the plaintiff in the new lawsuit. Marvel is currently advertising and taking pre-orders for this set they call Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled Box Set. We previously showed you the stylized art that is meant to go along with each of the included films.

“Images of the replica briefcase on Marvel’s advertising materials, and fan video from Marvel’s product display at this year’s Comic-Con convention, show the plastic ‘replica case’ to be a close copy of Rimowa’s Topas attaché case in every respect but quality,” states the complaint from Rimowa, “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.”

I wouldn't take Disney as ones for committing blatant copyright infringement, or for their lawyers to let something like this slip by...

For more on this, please read the original article at The Mary Sue's website.

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GuardianAngel - 8/5/2012, 11:47 AM
You found out the were getting SUEd on The Mary SUE. lololol
NerdyGeek - 8/5/2012, 11:54 AM
Hey Rimowa GmbH!

Sugarcrotch - 8/5/2012, 11:59 AM
If Marvel made changes to the suitcase design Rimowa GmbH cant really sue because its not the original design that marvel is mass producing right ?
GuardianAngel - 8/5/2012, 12:03 PM
^But it's still their design
bagadoosh - 8/5/2012, 12:20 PM
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Moakynubs - 8/5/2012, 12:36 PM
Inb4 Deal or No Deal sues! lololol
Moakynubs - 8/5/2012, 12:37 PM
And honestly, these guys know how much money marvel has after The Avengers. They want it.
Tomontherun99 - 8/5/2012, 1:01 PM
Seems fair enough, Marvel took a design that was authorized for the film but not for merch and they're rightly being sued for it. I'm just waiting for the people that blindly defend Marvel/DC/Whatever company they like even though another company's copyright is being infringed.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/5/2012, 1:10 PM
MrLoki - 8/5/2012, 1:16 PM
Looks like any other random briefcase to me.
CrimsonReign - 8/5/2012, 1:17 PM
So, Disney/Marvel is being sued for an obvious rip-off and there will be an out of court settlement that will end this.
JonasWepeel - 8/5/2012, 1:22 PM
So the Germans are suing the Avengers. Who knew the Germans had a suitcase that could containt the Tesseract?

This reeks of the Red Skull.
Vital - 8/5/2012, 1:30 PM
Even though it looks identical, my first reaction was "who the hell cares?!" lol. Hell, Marvel should be like 'oh my bad, how about we make it YOUR briefcase by putting your name on the label so it's a win-win for both of us.'
Vital - 8/5/2012, 1:31 PM
I mean, it'd be free advertising for The Mary Sue or whatever the hell they are called lol.
StormLoganSummers - 8/5/2012, 1:32 PM
I never thought I'd say this, but I have to side with the Germans on this one.
superotherside - 8/5/2012, 1:34 PM
What ever.
M6 - 8/5/2012, 1:42 PM
So Marvel ASKED to use the briefcase in the movie but not for merchandise and they gut sued? Yes, I can see the devious Hydra plot. Lol
DrDoom - 8/5/2012, 1:44 PM

It's all going according to plan . . . .
Jefferys - 8/5/2012, 1:46 PM
Lol, have fun trying to sure Disney. Disney's cranked up with the greatest lawyers for times like these.
MrRogers - 8/5/2012, 1:50 PM
That set is really badass
nonserviam - 8/5/2012, 2:01 PM

Wouldn't have happened if they had used the HeliCarrier box set design.

Jayman109 - 8/5/2012, 2:02 PM
I don't care as long as I get my box set with the suitcase. The generic case is the coolest part of the whole thing. Does the tesseract glow while it the box? Is there a light in it or something?
Luminescent - 8/5/2012, 2:07 PM
Lol. Y'all dun goofed Marvel. Only kidding. Yes, I believe it's Red Skull....
chikeizelcav - 8/5/2012, 2:14 PM
Uh oh looks like Marvel is gonna lose this one. With all the facts looks like Rimowa would win in court. Just sayin.
jimoakley666 - 8/5/2012, 3:08 PM
Always a mother[frick]er tryin' to make money off someone elses success.
kisama - 8/5/2012, 3:49 PM
well if they gave marvel permission to use it then what's the problem? also it'll be great advertisement for them so what are they bitchin' about?
Talontd - 8/5/2012, 4:38 PM
Jada Stevens wants in on the hot girl action...

Luminus - 8/5/2012, 4:44 PM
This thread needs ethnicity:

TheGambitFreak - 8/5/2012, 7:14 PM
PLEASE! Everyone is just trying to get a piece of the Avengers pie. "He killed 80 people in 2 days," "He's adopted." THAT'S WRONG! THOR JUST SAID ALL ADOPTED KIDS KILL PEOPLE! IMMA SUE!!!

All I know Is I'm buying the Box Set.

Good article @Saint!

marshma2088 - 8/6/2012, 12:05 AM
Odds are Disney's just gonna pay the guy off
Vital - 8/6/2012, 5:17 AM
@Saint, I guess you didn't see the 'or whatever the hell they are called' part of my comment...
DanteSparda - 8/6/2012, 8:15 AM
If he designed it for Marvel and Disney then doesn't that means both Marvel and Dinesy have all the trademark rights of said design? This guy is just looking for holes in his contract to get some easy money from Disney.
EarOne - 8/6/2012, 4:10 PM
it's amazing this kinda stuff happens with a company as major as Disney/Marvel.
SuperWarrior - 9/1/2012, 1:39 PM
I guess the billions of dollars they made off of the Avengers movie wasn't enough for them.Now Marvel comics and their owners Disney wants to steal profits right out from under the nose of the creator of the briefcase.

This is probably one of the dumbest move they've ever made and in a way this is like Karma for what they did to Ghostrider's creator, suing the man who was ill and trying to make a buck, but you went after him like a cobra and struck.You may have won your case but at this end with this lawsuit, you are cooked Marvel comics execs.

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