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SQUARELY DECIDED: THE FIFTH CIRCUIT SIDES WITH SPONGEBOB

SQUARELY DECIDED: THE FIFTH CIRCUIT SIDES WITH SPONGEBOB

On May 22, 2018, in Viacom Int’l, Inc. v. IJR Captial Invs., LLC, 242 F. Supp.3d 563 (2017), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary judgment in favor of Viacom International Inc. (Viacom) on its trademark infringement and unfair competition claims against IJR Capital Investments, LLC (IJR).?á In a case of first impression, the court held that ?Ç£specific elements from within a television show?Çöas opposed to the title of the show itself?Çö[can] receive trademark protection.?Ç¥ Viacom is the owner of SpongeBob SquarePants, an animated television series created for Viacom?ÇÖs Nickelodeon Network that first premiered in 1999, and recently renewed for a twelfth season.?á The series follows the life of the title character, SpongeBob SquarePants, and his friends in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom.?á The Krusty Krab, the center of the controversy in this case, is a fast-food restaurant in the submerged town owned by Mr. Krabs, a money-hungry… Continue Reading

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