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Why didn't Stark sue the government for stealing his armour in Iron Man 2

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When the James Rhodes took Tony Stark's armour in Iron Man 2 wasn't that stealing a patented product and if so why didn't Stark take legal action against the US government?

Pepper Potts was heard speaking to a lawyer about it over when Stark visited her in her office but we know nothing ever came of that since the government still has the armour in Iron Man 3!

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He may or may not have sued. Lawsuits, especially between large corporations or the government, drag on for years and years through the various trials and appeals. It is likely that if a lawsuit was in progress, by the time of the events of Iron Man 3 it was still in progress. Just because it was not mentioned in IM3, doesn't mean it wasn't going on.

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What does being patented have to do with it? Theft is theft. Patents, and trade secret law would more come in to play when legally going after Hammer for stealing his design. As far as legally going after the government for taking the armor, he wouldn't get very far. The government would claim eminent domain. Eminent domain can be for public safety concerns which the armor surely is.


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Why didn't Stark sue the government for stealing his armour in Iron Man 2

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When the James Rhodes took Tony Stark's armour in Iron Man 2 wasn't that stealing a patented product and if so why didn't Stark take legal action against the US government?

Pepper Potts was heard speaking to a lawyer about it over when Stark visited her in her office but we know nothing ever came of that since the government still has the armour in Iron Man 3!


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He may or may not have sued. Lawsuits, especially between large corporations or the government, drag on for years and years through the various trials and appeals. It is likely that if a lawsuit was in progress, by the time of the events of Iron Man 3 it was still in progress. Just because it was not mentioned in IM3, doesn't mean it wasn't going on.

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See Apple vs Samsung (still about Galaxy SII) - DVK 2 days ago

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