Nashville-based guitar giant Gibson is involved in several ongoing trademark disputes over its iconic instrument designs.
Satellite Amplifiers’ Adam Grimm claimed that Gibson was trying to
invalidate his trademark for the Coronet, Gibson responded by a claim of
its own. The model was originally launched by Epiphone in the 1950s,
according to Guitar World.
“Gibson has a long history with its
with its well-known classic instruments. One such instrument is the
Epiphone Coronet,” the company told the publication. “The Epiphone
Coronet was first introduced in the 1950s, which clearly established
first use of the trademark. More recently, Gibson has been continuously
manufacturing and providing the Epiphone Coronet for a limited number of
Artists since 2008.”
Music Radar additionally reports that
Gibson is disputing Collings Guitars' headstock trademark, which the
local guitar maker says violates Gibson trademarks on the Dove Wing
design, the 1939 Epiphone headstock and the 1963 Epiphone headstock.
Gibson claims that a “likelihood of confusion” exists among the
According to Music Radar, Gibson sent a
cease-and-desist letter to Kiesel Guitars earlier this year related to
that company’s Ultra V and California Single models.
Gibson went through Chapter 11 restructuring in 2018 and later relocated its headquarters to Cummins Station.