Peter T. Wakiyama, a partner in the Intellectual Property Department of Pepper Hamilton, was interviewed in the February 24, 2020 KYW Newsradio 1060 AM article, "Despite Changes, Phanatic Same as Ever, Says Man Behind the Green Fur."
Are these design changes sufficient to resolve the Phillies' legal fight over who created the furry creature? Probably not, says Pepper Hamilton intellectual property attorney Peter Wakiyama.
"Generally speaking, if you create something that's based on someone else's work, that's a derivative. And the owner of the work has an exclusive right to create derivatives," Wakiyama said.