Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gibson Guitar sues Paper Jamz for Trademark Infringement

In the last few years, games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero have turned everyday Joe’s into rock stars. Following this trend, the new toy guitars called “Paper Jamz” feature pre-programmed songs that can be played with ease by pretty much anyone with two hands. Apparently some ‘real’ guitar makers aren’t too crazy about all this competition. Gibson Guitar Corp. sued Wowwee U.S.A, Inc. (makers of Paper Jamz) last month in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, for Trademark Infringement (Case No. 2:10-cv-08884-RGK RZ).

The toy guitars were already being sold around the country at Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, and pretty much anywhere else toys were being sold. Gibson sued the toy makers because the shape and design of some of the toy guitars mimicked their classic designs. A temporary restraining order was filed with the suit which the court granted, and most stores actually had to remove the toy guitars from their shelves at the height of the holiday shopping season