Viacom files suit against Owner of “Krusty Krab”Resturant for Trademark Infringment

q-gJi5ouiNRlWho lives in a pineapple under the sea? Most kids hear this first line and they will quickly scream–SpongeBob Square Pants! The iconic cartoon is known all over the world for their notable characters and locations in the show. A Texas company is attempting to capture this love for the show in their creation of a “Krusty Krab” restaurant, but Viacom is filing suit to halt the creation.

The “Krusty Krab” is the restaurant that employs SpongeBob and makes the best burger in Bikini Bottom. The recipe to the “Krabby Patty” is secret and the main villain, Plankton, plots to steal and use it to make his rival restaurant, the “Chum Bucket”, popular. Other than being insanely cheap, Mr. Krabs keeps his recipe tucked away in a safe. SpongeBob is the fry cook for the restaurant and whips up the the best burger in  Bikini Bottom.

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IJR Capital Investments, a Texas corporation, filed the trademark for the name “The Krusty Krab” to use for restaurant services. The application current status is still being reviewed. There has been an extension of time to file a Statement of Use.

On January 26, Viacom filed suit in Texas against IJR Capital Investments The Viacom conglomerate has used the “Krusty Krab” location outside the TV show in toys, games, apparel, and motion pictures. Though, Viacom has never turned the fictional restaurant into a real-life version of itself. Viacom is arguing the use of the mark is identical in appearance and sound to theirs and this can create confusion.

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The Krusty Krab in Costa Rica

This is not the first time that restaurant from Bikini Bottom was the motivation for a real life counterpart. There was one built in Palestinian city of Ramallah by Salta Burgers and resembles the cartoon eatery in painstaking detail. Even down the flags placed on the roof and the boat-shaped doors. There was another restaurant with the name in Costa Rica, but it closed down after being open for one year.

Here is a gallery of the Krusty Krab in Palestine

Sources:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/viacom-sues-owner-krusty-krab-860480

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/22/spongebobs-krusty-krab-is-opening-in-palestine/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/photos-krusty-krab-restaurant-open-719889

Krusty Krab Restaurant Opens: ‘Spongebob’ Fans Want To Go ‘ASAP’

http://www.eater.com/2016/1/30/10876928/viacom-lawsuit-against-krusty-krab-restaurant-houston-ijr-capital-investments

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g644053-d3242927-Reviews-The_Krusty_Krab-Santa_Elena_Monteverde_Province_of_Puntarenas.html

http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=86470477&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

 

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One response to “Viacom files suit against Owner of “Krusty Krab”Resturant for Trademark Infringment”

  1. Christina M. McDonald says :

    ISO anybody that was at The Krusty Krab in Woodbine Ga. Friday 8/12/16. My first day of work 11:15 AM -10:50 PM. I fell @ 8ish in the evening. I thought I would be OK. I hurt my knee. I called the next morning when the owner got in and she said I told you to wear slip proof shoes. What do you want me to do? Husband grabbed the phone and said nobody saw you fall. I do not have any paperwork, you never worked here. Please help if you were there Friday message me. I can not go to the Dr. If I say hurt at work. They will say I never worked there. Insurance will not pay because I was hurt at work. Please pray for healing. Thank you all in advance.
    PLEASE PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS

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