Viacom Attacks Gibson's IP Suit Over SpongeBob Ukulele

Law360, New York (February 8, 2013, 3:56 PM EST) -- Viacom International Inc. told a California federal judge on Thursday that Gibson Guitar Corp.'s suit accusing the media giant of lifting Gibson's design on a ukulele featuring cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants can't proceed because none of the instruments was ever sold in the United States.

In pushing for dismissal of the suit, Viacom and U.K. instrument distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. argue that the V-shaped SpongeBob ukulele — which allegedly infringes Gibson's trademarked “Flying V” electric guitar and peg head design in violation of...
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