Gibson Returns The Oberheim Name & Trademark To Tom Oberheim

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Gibson has been rather negative in the media in recent weeks, mainly because of the “play authentic” video. Now they show heart for a legendary Synthesizer company. The new CEO and President of Gibson (James “JC” Curleigh) announced that they granted possession of the Oberheim brand and trademark back to its original owner and founder Tom Oberheim.

Gibson described it as a gesture of goodwill.  In my opinion a very good decision and shows nicely that Gibson has done a lot wrong before the new start. But what remains: Behringer continues to have the trademark on the Oberheim OB-Xa.

Gibson Oberheim Trademark

Press Release

NASHVILLE, TN (Friday, July 19, 2019) In a gesture of goodwill for the music instrument industry, Gibson and its President and CEO, James “JC” Curleigh, have granted possession of the Oberheim brand and intellectual property back to its original owner and company founder, synthesizer pioneer Tom Oberheim.

Gibson has owned the Oberheim brand name for several years as it sought to expand into other categories. With the renewed focus on its core business, Gibson is rationalizing their legacy portfolio accordingly, but the Oberheim brand deserved special attention. A chance encounter at Winter NAMM turned into a quest to return the Oberheim brand name back to its original owner and founder. “Of the many stories I have heard and decisions I have made since joining Gibson, this situation seemed simple,” says James ‘JC’ Curleigh, President and CEO of
Gibson. “Let’s do the right thing by putting the Oberheim brand back in the hands of its’ namesake founder Tom Oberheim.”

The team have been working on this solution for the past few months, and recently, JCand Tom had a discussion to ‘seal the deal’.  “After over thirty years of being without it, I am thrilled to once again be able to use the Oberheim trademark for my products,” said Tom Oberheim. “I am very grateful to the new leadership team of Gibson for making this possible.”

Tom Oberheim continues to make classic analog synthesizers that are direct descendants of the legendary machines from the ‘70s and ‘80s that first carried his name ( In the spirit of collaboration and working together to create a healthy music industry, the new team at Gibson is excited to have Tom Oberheim officially be able to use his trademark once again and wish him the best for the future.

More information here: Tom Oberheim


  1. Reminds me of Yamaha giving back the trademark of sequential to Dave Smith for the Anniversary of the prophet

  2. Would love to see those Oberheim eurorack modules that were teased a few years ago. I’m not holding me breath though.

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