Gibson's Case Strikes Chord with Court


In November I commented on Gibson Guitar Corp.'s suit against the makers and retailers of PAPER JAMZ toy guitars. To recap briefly, past efforts by both Gibson and Fender Music to enforce trademark interests in their respective guitar body shapes have been largely unsuccessful.

Until now.

On December 21, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted a preliminary injunction to Gibson enjoining the defendants from selling, promoting, distributing, etc. the Paper Jamz goods. (PDF of order here.) The Court did not issue a memorandum decision with the order. The defendants appealed on December 22, and on December 23, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the injunction pending appeal and ordered the District Court to provide, orally or in writing, its reasons for granting the injunction, which reasons were due on January 6.

But then, on January 7, everything came to a screeching halt. The parties settled. The only report I can find is here, and it says precious little.

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