Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 177)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 6, 2020

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,917:  Musical instrument support.

JW Note:  We make note of the inventor named on the patent – Mr. Edward L. Van Halen.  Rock on!


What is claimed is:

1. A stringed musical instrument comprising an instrument body having front and rear surfaces, sound producing means extending over a portion of said front surface, and a device mounted onto said rear surface for positioning said instrument body at an angular orientation to a player’s body, said device including attachment means movable between an inoperative position overlying said rear surface and an operative position at an angle to said rear surface, a pair of spaced-apart mounting blocks attached to said rear surface and support means coupled to said mounting blocks for rotationally supporting therebetween said attachment means, said attachment means engaging said player’s body when in said operative position for maintaining said instrument body in said angular orientation…

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“Ask the Expert – Trademark Law” a live web-chat hosted by the SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 6, 2020

The SBDC invites you to join Jake Ward as he discusses Trademark Law. This one hour, live “Ask the Expert” web-chat was created for business owners and professionals who want more information on the Trademark process and Intellectual Property.

Ask the Expert – Trademark Law”

Jake Ward live web-chat – October 8, 2020 at Noon.

Discussion points will include:

  • Every existing business has Intellectual Property (IP), in one form or another, and this IP usually includes trademarks. 
  • Trademarks serve as a source identifier, and have inherent value as a form of property, which can be leveraged to ward off competition, or monetized by sale or license.
  • Trademarks prevent others from profiting on the good will and reputation associated with your business. 
  • This webinar will discuss how to identify and select valuable trademarks, and the steps that business, entrepreneurs, and inventors can take to secure their rights.

When: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: Noon- 1 pm

Price: No Cost

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