Gibson Rails Against Viacom's Legal Fee Demand In IP Fight

Law360, New York (June 7, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT) -- Gibson Guitar Corp. on Friday blasted Viacom International Inc.'s bid for attorneys' fees in a suit alleging a ukulele featuring SpongeBob SquarePants infringed Gibson's "Flying V" trademark, saying Viacom had failed to meet the high standard for a fee award in a trademark action.

In its objection to Viacom's $56,100 fee request filed in California federal court, Gibson said trademark law forbids the award of attorneys' fees in cases that are not "exceptional." It argued that its claims against Viacom were reasonable, not exceptional or "absurd"...
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