Judge Dismisses Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against DeLorean Motors in Back to the Future Car Case

September 20, 2023

The lawsuit in question centered on allegations that DeLorean Motors had violated intellectual property rights related to the iconic DMC-12 model, which was made famous by its appearances in the “Back to the Future” movies as the time-traveling DeLorean. The plaintiffs claimed that DeLorean Motors had used the image, likeness, and trademarks associated with the DMC-12 without proper authorization, thereby infringing on their intellectual property.


However, the judge overseeing the case ultimately determined that there was insufficient evidence to support the intellectual property infringement claims. This decision represents a significant legal victory for DeLorean Motors, which has been actively working to revive the production of the DMC-12 sports car for enthusiasts and collectors.


DeLorean Motors, based in San Antonio, Texas, has been engaged in a long-running effort to bring the DMC-12 back into production, a move that has generated substantial interest among fans and collectors of the iconic vehicle. The company had previously announced plans to manufacture updated versions of the classic DMC-12, aiming to blend the car’s iconic design with modern engineering and safety standards.


The lawsuit, while related to intellectual property matters, also highlights the enduring popularity of the “Back to the Future” film series and the cultural significance of the DeLorean time machine as a symbol of time travel and nostalgia. The DMC-12, with its gull-wing doors and stainless steel body, remains an enduring symbol of the 1980s and holds a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts and movie buffs alike.


DeLorean Motors, led by a passionate team of individuals committed to preserving the legacy of the DMC-12, has faced numerous challenges over the years. The resolution of this intellectual property lawsuit marks a positive step forward for the company as it seeks to reestablish itself as a manufacturer of these iconic sports cars.

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