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A costumed Spider-Man character in web-shooting pose. The Supreme Court heard a case Tuesday to determine if a Tucson inventor who devised a web-shooting toy is still entitled to royalties.

Stephen Kimble had no idea that the toy web-shooter he designed two decades ago during an afternoon reading comic books with his son would wind up in the Supreme Court. But the Tucson man and Marvel were there arguing over law that guides royalties on the toy. Read more»

A costumed Spider-Man character in web-shooting pose. A Tucson inventor who devised a web-shooting toy is no longer entitled to royalties for it, a federal court has ruled.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Marvel Enterprises Inc. no longer has to pay royalties to the Tucson inventor of a Spider-Man web-shooter, after the patent on the toy expired. A reluctant panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court‘s ruling against Stephen Kimble in a published opinion. Read more» 1