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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Jakedog, Mar 27, 2020.
A dick towel with a tele neck on it? Brilliant!
I’m an electrical engineer in real life. I live in Maryland, but you can still contact me if you’d like to discuss, need advice/ideas on the electrical aspect, etc.
I'll take two
You used 'inflatable' and 'muff' in the same sentence. You win!!!
No circumcisions, huh?
That's industrial design, not functional design. Except maybe the vent holes.
If it doesn't involve titanium, I'm out
How long will it take this thing to change games?
Something to consider:
Do guitar players want the game changed?
Or are we more of a get off my lawn crowd?
I can't wait anymore...
So I've been closet inventor boy forever, starting in circa 1965 when I saw a pane fly over with one engine smoking and thought if I had a two way radio connected to a series of localized radio towers that dialed into the phone system I could call the police from the field I was in at the time.
Took a long time for the cell phone to get invented!
As a former wannabe inventor I learned some stuff about trademarks, patents etc but I may have some of it wrong.
My understanding if you cannot patent an idea for a product that combines existing tech.
A patent is only granted for a brand new tech that does not exist, and it has to be the tech, not the application that gets a patent.
Now and then the patent office makes a mistake and grants a patent erroneously, but in general ideas, designs, products, and combinations of multiple existing techs cannot be patented.
So that leaves copyright and trademark for protections, which are pretty thin when it comes down to copycat cometitors stealing your idea.
This means if you get a lawyer to write up a nondisclosure agreement, they should probably be some kind of specialty lawyer in business law, not a friend lawyer who does some other kind of law.
Who knows, maybe it would also be worth choosing a tech person as a business partner to boost their loyalty.
If the design is really worth big wealth building money, it's possible the penalty for breaking the nondisclosure agreement will be less than the money they make ripping you off.
I forget what all but there have been many employees who signed non disclosure agreements designing big money new products who left the company and became a big damaging competitor starting their own company selling a similar but not identical product.
I think this happened in the google self driving cars thing, total robbery that courts couldn't save the originator from.
AFAIK the only solid protection is to wait until a super catchy name and a super perfected product can be slammed into the market on a large enough scale that some established company can't bring a cheaper equivalent out on a larger scale in three months and eclipse your product before your return on the investment actually makes you enough money to survive the competition tsunami.
A new idea based on existing tech can be copied.
You need your first-to-the-market example to be a household name with a spotless rep before they come for your market share!
That's what I know of it anyhow...
Those were a Buick invention, and they were called “Cruiserline Ventiports”. Coolest name ever for “holes in the fender”.
My katillion dollar ideas:
Braille side-fingerboard markers
Copyrighting the "copyright" symbol, trademarking the "trademark" symbol *, and obtaining exclusive ka-ching rights to the acronym"LOL"
(*visualize what that looks like on paper for a sec, "TM"s in ever-decreasing size, to infinity, and beyond)
There is a thing called a "New Use" patent, though. You'd need to find a jackal... I mean, lawyer to determine whether or not it applies in a particular situation, though. Once you get the law involved in anything, throw common sense out the window and be prepared to hand over bags of money for the snakes... sorry, lawyers to distribute among themselves.
A guitar that plays by itself? That's definitely a game changer.
Love that 'Cruiserline Ventiports' bit. I may need to do some research on their origin, though, usually the auto stylists found their design 'influences' elsewhere, and were derivative, often from aviation and sci-fi of the period.
For one example, those little vestigial 'finny bumps' stop The rear fenders of most 40's and early 50's Cadillacs were 'influenced' by the twin-ruddered Lockheed P-38.
Found it! The iconic Buick vent holes were an inspiration from the exhaust stacks of period fighter planes....
This is very incorrect. If the combination of existing technologies creates a novel functionality and was not "obvious to those skilled in the art" then it can be surely patented.
guitaroomba - why have that axe collecting dust when it's not being played when it could literally collect dust!
(note, players may experience a garbage in, garbage out tone effect)
Is it a conscience-clearer for all these musos who lie to their partners about how much they paid for their gear?
Seriously, man, I wish you the best of luck with your project. Don't let the naysayers get you down - Leo didn't.
Maybe pat laws have become more lax in determining what's patent worthy.
Are you speaking from experience with getting or granting patents?
Asking for a friend...