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Now Gibson sues Hamer for $1 million + in renewed trademark wars

Gibson has taken to the warpath yet again, this time taking on the giant Canadian JAM Industries’ Hamer brand, which JAM acquired when it purchased Kaman in February 2015.
According to the website World Intellectual Property Review, Gibson has accused Hamer of infringing three of its guitar trademarks.

The website reports that Gibson filed a claim at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday 2nd August, alleging that Jam Industries USA had infringed its trademarks for ‘Explorer body shape design’ and ‘Flying V body shape design’.

Gibson’s case appears to be that Kaman has previously acquire licenses to produce ‘no more 1,000 Hamer electric guitars using the ‘Explorer’ and ‘Flying V’ marks’ and that those licenses expired in April this year. According to WIPR: ‘Gibson is seeking triple damages, $1 million per counterfeit mark, injunctive relief, punitive damages, destruction of infringing goods, and a jury trial’.


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