5th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The Krusty Krab Lives Only in the Underwater World of Spongebob Squarepants

A Texas restaurateur’s hopes of opening a real-life Krusty Krab restaurant were dashed after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the rights to the name “The Krusty Krab” belonged to Spongebob Squarepants and his creators at Viacom. Though Viacom had not registered “The Krusty Krab” with The U.S. Patent and Trademark office, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the name was important enough to the Spongebob series to deserve trademark protection. Read more.