Are you ready, kids? I can’t hear you! Ooooooooooo, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Well…you get the picture.
Our buddy SpongeBob SquarePants might want to get himself over to Men’s Wearhouse for a smart sport coat to match that creepy, teeny, red tie of his. For ya see, matey, a court appearance is in his future.
Quick backstory: On the popular animated series, SpongeBob is a fry cook at the fine culinary institute known as The Krusty Krab, owned by Eugene H. Krabs.
The place is the health department’s worst nightmare.
Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, caught wind of an eatery in Houston going by the name The Krusty Krab, were not pleased, and filed a lawsuit against IJR Capital Investments for trademark infringement.
The lawsuit claims that given the “extensive use of the ‘Krusty Krab’ mark in a wide variety of trade channels—and the fact that the ‘Krusty Krab’ is a restaurant in the SpongeBob universe—it is within the zone of natural expansion of Viacom business to operate in restaurant services.” It went on to say that the use of the Krusty Krab name would lead to “confusion as to the source of the Infringing Mark and Defendant’s corresponding services.”
If you remember, after the huge success of its film Forrest Gump, Viacom opened up a string of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants.
So the masses may be in store for an official, Viacom-endorsed Krusty Krab dining experience. Krabby Pattie, anyone?