January 25, 2017: Realtor Faces DC Lawsuit Over Superman Themed Shield

by Neil A. Cole

A Vancouver realtor is facing a potential lawsuit with DC Comics over his use of a version of the iconic Superman shield where the "S" has been replaced with an "R" for realtor.

Realtor Ian Brett (aka "Captain Vancouver") recently received a letter from Bereskin & Parr - the Canadian intellectual property law firm representing DC Comics - requesting him to cease the use of the shield symbol as well as withdrawing a trademark application for the term "Real Estate Superhero".

"While our client does not object to use of CAPTAIN VANCOUVER to promote your real estate business," states the letter in part. "Use of SUPERMAN indicia and the SUPER HERO trademarks is not permissible."

Brett has stated in an interview with Metro News that the request is unfair - referring to it as a David vs. Goliath fight - and that he hopes to be able to negotiate with DC Comics, especially in regard to his use of the shield logo.

"I don't think I should be a threat. When you see me, I don't look like Superman," stated Brett. "I don't have muscles upon muscles. I've got glasses that I can't take off because I can't see."

Read the full article at MetroNews.ca.