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backpacking guitar

Stephen Burch

backpacking guitar
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:34:09 AM »
I’m interested in obtaining a patent for a backpacking guitar, based on what I believe to be a unique design. With no experience in patent law, is it realistic to think that a reasonably intelligent and diligent individual could follow the steps necessary to obtain a patent for a simple, but unique, guitar? Or is a guitar so standard (and “public domain”) that a patent for a modification is unobtainable? I would be happy to have someone look at my design (both drawings and photographs) to see if it makes any sense to proceed with the patent application.


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Re: backpacking guitar
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 02:05:57 PM »
To answer your first question, I think if someone was willing to put in the effort to learn the process they could indeed obtain their own patent, however, in my experience most people get it wrong or are not willing to put in the effort to learn properly (there is a reason why good patent attorneys can charge $500+ per hour as its not an easy process).

For your second question, you would have to figure out what specifically is new/different about your guitar.  If its just the look/shape/design of it than a "design" type patent may be appropriate.  On the other hand, if it folds or the pieces connect in a new and different way than a "utility" type patent would be more appropriate.

In both cases the invention should be new and different from anything else out there. 

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