Gibson responds to latest trademark ruling: “Gibson still holds valid and enforceable rights to the Firebird design in the EU”

Gibson Firebird electric guitar
(Image credit: Future)

Yesterday, German guitar builder Warwick reported that Gibson had withdrawn its appeal in the EUIPO [European Union Intellectual Property Office] to own the trademarks on its Firebird body-shape design - and now Gibson has shared its side of the story.

In a statement issued to Guitar World, Gibson delivered a firm rebuttal of Warwick’s representation of the proceedings, before confirming that Firebird and Thunderbird designs are still protected in the EU.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.