Canadian Music Trade - August-September 22 - Page 12

Gibson Wins Another Trademark Ruling Against Dean Guitars ; Evan Rubinson Out as CEO & President at Armadillo A U . S . court has ordered an injunction that permanently prohibits Armadillo ( Dean Guitars ) from using Gibson ’ s ES , SG , Flying V , and Explorer trademarks and Hummingbird wordmark . A couple days after this news , on Aug . 1 , Armadillo Owner Pam Rubinson announced that Evan Rubinson had been removed from his role as president and CEO of the company .
On May 27 , 2022 , a U . S . court decided by jury to uphold Gibson ’ s trademarks for the well-known guitar shapes , finding that the Gibson trademarks are valid , the Gibson shapes are not generic , and that Armadillo was guilty of both infringement and counterfeiting . Gibson says this sets a clear precedent for the future of its intellectual property .
On July 28 th , the court issued an injunction permanently enjoining Armadillo from the manufacture , advertisement , and / or sale of its guitars that infringe on Gibson ’ s ES , SG , Flying V , and Explorer trademarks , and the Hummingbird wordmark .
“ Gibson is once again very pleased with the outcome after years of simply trying to protect their brand and business through well recognized intellectual property rights , rights that have been Gibson ’ s for decades ,” the company said in a statement . “ Gibson ’ s guitar shapes are iconic and now are firmly protected for the past , present , and future . From a broader perspective , this court decision is also a win for Gibson Fans , Artists , Dealers , and related Partners . Not to mention for all of the iconic American brands that have invested in meaningful innovation and continued protection , only to see it diluted with unauthorized and often illegitimate knockoffs . Gibson can now focus attention on continuing to leverage its iconic past , and invest in future innovation , with confidence .”
Guitar . com has also reported that Evan Rubinson is facing a lawsuit from his mother and Armadillo owner , Pam Rubinson , accusing him of embezzling over $ 420,000 from his late father ’ s company Thoroughbred Music Inc . Evan Rubinson denies the accusations .
NAMM & Messe Frankfurt Withdraw Support from Russian Editions of Musikmesse & Prolight + Sound Because of Russia ’ s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting sanctions imposed on Russia ’ s economy by Ukraine ’ s allies , including the U . S ., U . K ., and Canada , NAMM and Messe Frankfurt have withdrawn their support from the Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound Russia trade shows .
“ Since 2014 , NAMM , in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt , the German tradeshow organizer , has enjoyed an alliance to produce NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia . Our alliance and support of the show was born out of a shared vision : to foster the global trade in musical instruments and support the professionals of our industry , as well as educators and music-makers , thereby bringing more music to this world ,” NAMM said in a statement . “ At this time , current circumstances have rendered our cooperation in the region impossible . For the foreseeable future , NAMM has withdrawn its support from Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound Russia .”
On the former Musikmesse Russia website , it now says , “ The former subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt in Russia has withdrawn from the global group and will continue its operations as an independent Russian business under the new company name Gefera Media LLC . We kindly ask you to contact the owners of Gefera Media LLC in terms of further information .”
Avid has awarded Hal Leonard its 2021 Channel Partner Award for Top Distributor in the Americas . This award recognizes Hal Leonard ’ s year-over-year business growth as well as its assistance with effectively and efficiently delivering Avid products to the market . For more information , go to www . halleonard . com .
Registration Open for PASIC 2022 Registration is now open for PASIC 2022 , which will be held in Indianapolis , IN from Nov . 9-12 . Percussive Arts Society ( PAS ) members can received an early-bird discount on passes until June 30th .
The Indianapolis Convention Center will host one of the largest drum and percussion events in the world , featuring a trade show , concerts , clinics , panels , and presentations given by top-tier artists from all over the world . PASIC 2022 will showcase all areas of percussion — drum set , marching , keyboard , symphonic , world , recreational , education , music technology , and new music , as well as health and wellness .
For percussion products exhibitors , it ’ s a chance connect and sell to an audience of attendees who are relevant to their products , innovations , and technology , including decision makers such as university department chairs , band and percussion directors , school administrators , and booster presidents . PASIC 2019 , the last show before the pandemic , attracted 5,700 attendees and more than 110 exhibiting brands . Organizers say that 85 % of attendees purchased a product in the exhibit hall .
For more information , go to www . pasic . org .