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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / FUNKO POP PROP FLOP ! Lawyers Unleashed!

Gene from Tampa
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Dec 29th, 2017 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GIBSON Sues FUNKO Over Unauthorized Use Of Guitar Designs In METALLICA, KISS, GUNS N' ROSES FUNKO POP Figures

Gibson, which has trademarked the shapes of a number of guitars, claims to have contacted Funko in October with an offer of entering into a retroactive licensing agreement, but those discussions were unsuccessful.

Sounds like Gibson needs the $$$ ... but, bobbleheads?

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Dec 29th, 2017 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, but the fakes all weight 11+ lbs and have cheap ceramic pickups.

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Dec 29th, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Trademark infringement is trademark infringement.

Harley Davidson has lawyers scooping up coffee cups at flea markets with their logo on it.

(This message was last edited by Pinetree at 09:33 AM, Dec 29th, 2017)

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Dec 29th, 2017 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree with pinetree. Sounds like Funko blew Gibson off and now they’ll have to pay. I bet they would have been better off making a deal .

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Dec 29th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm I cannot see how trade dress comes into play for a general body style--especially after Gibson lost the case against PRS several years ago.

If that Slash doll guitar had four knobs or an open-book headstock...perhaps the case would have merit.

Remember the Guitar Hero thing?

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Dec 29th, 2017 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To me that guitar on the right could be any brand.

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