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A costumed Spider-Man character in web-shooting pose. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Tucson inventor who devised a web-shooting toy is not still entitled to royalties.

The Supreme Court ruled against the Tucson inventor of a Spider-Man toy Monday, saying Marvel Enterprises no longer has to pay him royalties. Stephen Kimble had argued that a previous court ruling, cutting off royalty payments after a patent expires, is outdated and anti-competitive and needs to be overturned. Read more» 1

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»

Arizona resident Amanda Blackhorse, in a 2013 photo, was one of five people to file a challenge with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, arguing that the name 'Redskins' is derogatory and cannot be trademarked.

Arizona resident Amanda Blackhorse was one of five people who challenged the Washington Redskins' right to trademark the team name, which opponents said is offensive. A board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office agreed, but the team has vowed to appeal. 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