Nintendo is currently in court against Nature over its Pokémon franchise for unlicensed use of her various extant plant, animal and fungus designs for the past 18 years; legal action had been delayed until now on account of the plaintiff’s lawyers being a bunch of hippie stoners.
If Nature wins the case, Nintendo will have to shelve about half of the 649 Pokémon, an outcome welcomed by everyone who has spent time trying to live up to the franchise’s catchphrase. Most of the contested designs are Grass-, Bug- and Water-type, with the notable exception of Psyduck which Nintendo has pointed out is based on the platypus, a design that Nature hadn’t copyrighted due to the sheer embarrassment of creating such a stupid-looking creature. In addition, claims over Omanyte and Omastar were thrown out early on as the copyrights on them had expired 50 million years ago. At present, her lawyers have issued an expedition into the Amazon rainforest in the hopes of finding things that look like Pokémon that could help in court, prompting Nintendo to fuel demand for grazing land by offering free cheeseburgers with every game cartridge sale.
Nature is also claiming royalties for use of the evolution process, which was patented 3.7 billion years ago. In response Nintendo has asserted that their process sufficiently differs in that it’s a discrete jump to improve upon the previous iteration as opposed to a series of small changes that don’t necessarily improve the design in the long term, citing the human appendix and fainting goats as examples.