Texas Jury Hands Victory To Gibson In Guitar TM Fight

By Hailey Konnath (May 27, 2022, 11:30 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury held Friday that a Florida guitar maker sold counterfeit guitars that infringed the trademark on Gibson Brands Inc.'s Flying V guitar and other iconic models, and shot down the rival's efforts to cancel several Gibson trademarks as generic.

Notably, the jury affirmed Gibson's right to trademark protection on four guitar models, including the Flying V and ES, finding that Tampa, Florida-based rival Armadillo Distribution Enterprises Inc. didn't show by a preponderance of the evidence that Gibson's trademark registrations should be canceled as generic. At the same time, the jury found that Gibson waited too long to pursue some...

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