Pert Nose, Bow Lips and Large Widely Spaced Eye Decision from 2d Circuit

Although “. . . pert noses, bow lips and large widely space eyes are standard doll features,” Ideal Toy Corp. v. Fab-Lu Ltd., 360 F.2d 1021 (2d Cir. 1966),  someone’s particularized expression of pert noses, bow lips and large widely spaced eyes (such as that of the Barbie doll), may be protectable.  The Court did not reach the issue as to whether defendant’s Rockette doll infringed the copyright in Mattel’s Barbie doll.

Mattel v. Goldberg Doll Manufacturing and Radio City Products, 02-9042 (2d Cir. April 16, 2004)

Rockette doll photo from here.

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