C.F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com), one of the largest producers of acoustic guitars in the world, has announced the trademark of the distinctive headstock configuration it has been using on its guitars for over 161 years. This is part of its ongoing commitment to protect its intellectual property, including the many innovations in design, manufacture and production of the finest instruments in the world.
“The clean, simple, iconic shape of the Martin guitar headstock has long been recognized by consumers as one of the primary identifying brand and design elements of our guitars,” said C. F. Martin & Co. Vice President, Corporate Operations Gregory Paul. “Use of this shape by others can only be intended to create confusion in the marketplace.”
Martin Guitar has been using for many years various trademarks and proprietary designs and designations in connection with the sale of its acoustic guitars, both nationwide and internationally. This intellectual property includes Martin’s guitar headstock that has been used since at least 1850. The headstock configuration is now protected by U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,048,307. Any questions regarding this trademark, other C. F. Martin & Co. intellectual property, or possible counterfeiting thereof, should be addressed to Gregory Paul, P.O. Box 329, Nazareth, PA 18064-0329.