Gibson wins Dean trademark infringement case – but is awarded just $4,000 in damages

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Three years after it filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Dean Guitars alleging trademark infringement and counterfeiting, Gibson has been ruled the victor in the case by a Texas federal jury.

Gibson initially filed its lawsuit against Armadillo in May 2019, accusing the company of infringing on seven of its trademarks, ranging from electric guitar body shapes to headstock designs.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.