Viacom Sues Owner of Unauthorized SpongeBob Restaurant

Aug. 12, 2021, 6:02 PM

Houston pop-up restaurant and bar The Rusty Krab infringes Viacom’s intellectual property rights in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise, the company says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas.

The SpongeBob SquarePants animated series has aired on Viacom’s Nickelodeon networks since 1999, and has spawned multiple feature films, a Broadway musical, video games, and more. Viacom owns numerous federal trademark registrations related to the franchise, common law rights to character names and other series elements, and over 400 federal copyright registrations for SpongeBob-related works, the company says in its complaint filed Wednesday at the U.S. District Court for ...

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