Fender Loses ‘Guitar Body Shape’ Court Case

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Fender Loses ‘Guitar Body Shape’ Court Case

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& who has to rub it in Gibson on their website
 

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Yeah I guess that's what they get for being nice all these years instead of suing everyone on the planet like some other big guitar company....
 

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That's pretty funny, actually, that Gibson has that up on their page! :laugh2: What dicks! :laugh2:

It would've been even funnier if they put this picture up, instead of that nice Sunburst strat!
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I noticed too each month Gibson has a featured Fender player fact stories WTF..I mean guys who never played gibsons
 

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... and now Gibson will say "this is why we done what we done"... wow, excuses and crap.

Truth is, the arrogance of Gibson is becoming a hard pill to swallow. First, their indiference to everyday musicians by pandering to collectors and those who see guitars as "securities" of some sort.

Second, Gibson is just playing victim here. Look at the famous TOM bridge. What is it? Looks to me like a miniaturized version of the Tele's sliding saddle system. It's a clever design, but absolutely not something they pulled out of thin air.
 

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I wouldnt be surprised if we see more Fender looking Gibsons.
 

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I'm reading too many decisions these days to read more during my free time. But without knowing more I found this interesting:

"The applicant has not established acquired distinctiveness such that these two-dimensional outlines of guitar bodies, standing alone, serve to indicate source. The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that these configurations are so common in the industry that they cannot identify source."

Wow! :shock:
 

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I see those I think Fender ,,Don't know about you !!! Fender wanted this so all copies would have to be licenced & not carry a brand name such as Warmoth but a licensed by Fender.
 

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USPTO TTABVUE. Proceeding Number 91161403

Warmoth Guitar Products, Inc.

v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161411
Indoor Storm, Ltd.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161413
Tradition Guitars, Inc.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation

Opposition No. 91161413
Tradition Guitars, Inc.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161420
Raise Praise, Inc. d/b/a Tom
Anderson Guitar Works

v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161422
Schecter Guitar Research, Inc.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161486
JS Technologies, Inc.
JS Technologies, Inc.
v.

Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161518
W D Music Products, Inc.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation

Opposition No. 91161403, et al
3
Opposition No. 91161519
Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91161520
The ESP Guitar Company
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162312
Lakland Musical Instruments,
LLC
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162313
Michael Tobias
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162483
Richard Keldsen
v.
Fender Musical Instruments

Opposition No. 91162484
MBT International, Inc.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162485
Levinson Music Products Ltd.
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162497
James Triggs
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation
Opposition No. 91162498
Peavey Electronics Corporation
v.
Fender Musical Instruments
 
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So wait, after 50 years, and I'm thinking millions of copies later, Fender decides maybe they ought to trademark their designs? Lack of forethought and planning, much?

Wonder how many taxpayer dollars got wasted on that court case.
 

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I always thought Warmoth was licensed...
 

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Warmoth is Licensed. But if Fender had won, every Warmoth neck would have to say "Licensed by Fender" on the headstock.
 

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Wow... that's ugly... but the more I look at it... the more I think they might be close. It's the pickguard that is really ugly and ruins it. And th orange pup covers.

I never thought I could HATE a Gibson...wow.
 

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