Supreme Ct. Passes On Guitar Trademark Case

Law360 (June 6, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Taking a pass in a long-simmering trademark infringement feud between two high-quality guitar makers, the Supreme Court this week declined to hear the case, leaving standing an appellate ruling that Paul Reed Smith Guitars' Singlecut guitar line does not infringe on a trademark covering Gibson Guitar Corp.'s popular Les Paul model.

The Nashville-based Gibson had brought suit against PRS over the company's Singlecut line, which Gibson claimed created market confusion for being too similar to the Les Paul, a solid body, single-cutaway electric model that has been the darling of rock-n-roll stars since its unveiling in 1952.

However, Gibson did not...

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