Warner Bros. trademarks "Quidditch" lingerie
By Eriq Gardner
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Sure, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" raked in an astounding $330 million worldwide in its opening weekend, but with "Part 2" coming next summer, Warner Bros. is facing the twilight of its magical franchise.
No fear. The studio still has lots of opportunity to milk its cash cow.
In a blog post entitled "Expecto Legalus" on Greenberg Glusker's website, attorney Dan Nabel points out that Harry Potter's favorite sport Quidditch has recently become an actual athletic event with a competitive circuit in New York City. Nabel examines whether Warner Bros. has any legal recourse to shut it down.
We already know that Warners isn't too keen on Harry Potter condoms. And it turns out that the studio has grabbed extensive trademark rights over "Quidditch."
The studio's first rights grab came back in November 1999. Warners went with the basics, locking up the typical Quidditch merchandise that might one day be licensed to playmakers:
"(S)porting goods, games and playthings, namely, action figures and accessories therefore; plush toys; balloons; bathtub toys; ride-on toys; equipment sold as a unit for playing card games; toy vehicles; dolls; flying discs; electronic hand-held game unit; game equipment sold as a unit for playing a board game, a card game, a manipulative game, a parlor game, a parlor-type electronic game and an action type target game; stand alone video output game machines; jigsaw and manipulative puzzles; paper face masks; skateboards; ice skates; water squirting toys; balls, namely, playground balls, soccer balls, baseballs, basketballs; baseball gloves; swimming floats for recreational use; kickboard flotation devices for recreational use; surfboards; swim boards for recreational use; swim fins; toy bakeware and toy cookware; toy banks; and Christmas tree ornaments"
The fact that the studio trademarked "Quidditch" t-shirts will surprise nobody, but how about "Quidditch" lingerie?
"Clothing for men, women and children, namely, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jogging suits, trousers, pants, shorts, tank tops, rainwear, cloth bibs, skirts, blouses, dresses, suspenders, sweaters, jackets, coats, raincoats, snow suits, ties, robes, hats, caps, sunvisors, belts, scarves, sleepwear, pajamas, lingerie, underwear, boots, shoes, sneakers, sandals, booties, slipper socks, swimwear and masquerade and Halloween costumes and masks sold in connection therewith" Continued...