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World IP Day 2014 quiz

James Nurton

The theme of this year’s World IP Day is “Movies – A Global Passion”, so Managing IP has compiled 15 questions about IP in the movies. How many can you answer?

The Third Man1. In The Third Man, Harry Lime steals, dilutes and resells which drug?

2. Which actor played the role of a patent attorney in the US TV series Harry’s Law?

3. Which 2010 Hollywood movie is about an IP ownership dispute?

4. The characters Wallace and Gromit have been used by the UK IPO to promote innovation. What is the name of the feature film in which they appear?

5. Which 2006 thriller about an inventor trying to protect his innovations from becoming casualties of the Cold War was originally titled Intellectual Property?

6. Which Eddie Murphy movie involves a burger chain infringing McDonald’s trade marks, including using “golden arcs” and the “Big Mick”?

7. David Bowie uses technology from another planet to patent many inventions on Earth and accumulate a fortune in which film?

8. In which 1998 disaster movie do Billy Bob Thornton and Ronald Quincy briefly discuss whether patents apply to outer space?

9. In which 1951 movie does Alec Guinness portray an inventor who is relentlessly pursued by management and trade unions to sign away the rights to his invention of a suit that never needs to be cleaned?

Flash of Genius10. Which movie features Gwyneth Paltrow claiming Stark Industries has “the best patent lawyers in the country” while making accusations of “illegal seizure of trade marked property”?

11. Which movie features the line “We hold patents on a few gadgets we confiscated from the visitors. Velcro, microwave ovens, liposuction”?

12. The movie Flash of Genius dramatises the battle between a single inventor and a large American car company over a patent covering which invention?

13. In 2009, Nicolas Cage played an MIT professor who predicts catastrophic events by decoding numbers gleaned from divine sources. A patent holder sued the studio behind the movie, claiming that the decoding method portrayed infringed its patent. What is the name of the movie?

14. Which 2012 movie is about a Chinese-American IP lawyer who is transferred to China?

15. Which two movie megastars appeared in a 2005 anti-piracy awareness advertisement?

For more information about World IP Day, visit WIPO’s dedicated website.


Article Comments

1. Penicillin
2. Harriet Korn
3. The Social Network
4. Wallace and Grommit (Cracking Ideas Project)
5. Dark Mind
6.Coming to America
7. The Man who fell to Earth
8. Armageddon
9. The Man in the White Suit
10. Iron Man
11. Men in Black
12. Intermittent wind shield wiper
13. Knowing
14. Shanghai Calling
15 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan

Janice Denoncourt Apr 24, 2014

Using film is a really fun way to learn about how IP works and why it is important. See also my article, 'Using Film to Enhance IP Law Education: Getting the Message Across' available at: for details of other films with IP related content.

Janice Denoncourt Apr 23, 2014

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