Ruling Issued On Kyuss & Kyuss Lives! Trademark Legal Dispute


The Kyuss Lives! legal drama has officially had its day in court. You may recall that former Kyuss members Josh Homme (now of Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.) and Scott Reeder filed suit in order to block their ex-bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork from access to the Kyuss trademark.

The latter pair, who have been performing as Kyuss Lives! since 2010, were alleged to have filed several trademark applications for both Kyuss Lives! and Kyuss.

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This past Monday, August 13th, saw Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District of California, issue his verdict on the suit. The court issued a preliminary injunction barring Garcia and Bjork from using the Kyuss trademark unless it is explicitly followed by the word “Lives” in “equally-prominent lettering”.

A preliminary injunction prohibiting Garcia and Bjork from using Kyuss Lives in conjunction with any audio recording, including studio or live album, was also granted. However, the pair will be able to still use the Kyuss Lives trademark for live performances.

The judge also advised Garcia and Bjork that the ruling does leave them open to further dispute and that “it may be in Defendants’ best interest to begin re-branding under a new name.”

You can a copy of the full ruling over at

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