Category Archives: Patent news

Eulogy for Adobe PhotoShop 7 ™

Thanks to Microsoft, most likely, PS7 is getting Alzheimer’s. It no longer remembers to stroke the entire path on command, leaving sections undone. Why? Probably because I used Windows Update on Windows 7. I recently upgraded my connection from a … Continue reading

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New U.S. Patent filed & background published

Yesterday, I filed my 3rd Non-Provisional Patent Application, and today published the background theory for it at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323686205_Making_Guitars_with_Multiple_Tonal_Characters   The patent involves matched, single-coil pickups for humbucking circuits with reversible magnetic poles. I have a new area for publications of papers … Continue reading

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On the Topologies of Guitar Pickup Circuits

How do you get 620 potentially unique guitar tones from 4 single-coil pickups, or 310 from 3 humbuckers? Read here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323390784_On_the_Topologies_of_Guitar_Pickup_Circuits Abstract: Many of the U.S. patents involving switching circuits for electric guitar pickups have failed in the marketplace because … Continue reading

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The Walkin Squawkin Patent Examiner Blues – Part 1

I got this in an e-mail from my U.S. Patent Office Patent Examiner on Jan 24th, 2018: “I cannot conceive of any way to generate an “infinite” (your word) table that would accommodate the breadth of claim 28. You mentioned … Continue reading

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Why guitar pickup switching patents fail in the marketplace

I’ve reviewed some more guitar pickups switching patents lately, and most if not all of the ones I’ve seen suffer design flaws that generally cause them to fail in the marketplace, for some of the following reasons: They almost never … Continue reading

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Coming Patents for 2018-2019

From simple principles of circuit theory, a patent currently in examination (a Non-Provisional Patent Application, or NPPA) develops and enumerates all possible combinations of pickup circuits, from 1 to infinity, which have potentially unique tones. It claims all such circuits … Continue reading

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How many humbucking tones from 2HB & a single?

It has taken a long time to develop the math and topologies to answer questions like this.  Research is when you search for an answer, get it wrong, or not entirely right, and re-search and re-search and re-search …    I’ve … Continue reading

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New PPA filed – June 20, 2017

On June 20, 2017, I filed a new Provisional Patent Application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  It covers modifications to two types of electro-magnetic guitar pickups, with horizontal and vertical coils, to provide information on the orientation of … Continue reading

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Second Patent Filed

Second Patent Filed: Combinations of Pickups with Potentially Unique Tones – Patent filed June 7, 2017 developing the math and circuit topologies to show how many different tones are possible from 1 to 8 single-coil pickups (Table 1), 1 to … Continue reading

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Patent Pending Dual Humbucker Switching Beats 3-way Switch

See  Preliminary Results of Patent Pending 20-way Dual Humbucker Switching

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