[1867] Can You Patent Guitar Effects?

Date: October 17th, 2015 | Comments : [1] | Categories: DIY.

Guitar FX patents

I often read posts on the pedal forums that claim that guitar effects circuits cannot be patented. The truth is that they certainly can, and many patents have been issued in the past, including those for the design of the Cry Baby wah, Univibe, Mutron Envelope Filter and the Pignose amp.

Tom Scholz from Boston, who created the Rockman line of effects, held a number of patents on circuit design for his electronics. Fender has a number of patents for circuits in their amps. Even vacuum tube circuits are still being patented.

I’ve made a page with links to over 50 audio related patents. Enjoy!


One Response to “Can You Patent Guitar Effects?”

[757898] Dominick Cafarelli Says: 6:51 pm, November 14th, 2015

One thing to note is that patents have a finite lifetime. The US Patent Office grants patents a life of 20 years from the date of filing of the patent application and this is a law that was put in place in the past 10 years. Formerly, the US patent office enabled patents to have a maximum life of 17 years from the date of issue. So that means that many of the patents allowed by the US patent office for older designs from the 50’s,60’s,70’s and 80’s are no longer enforceable by the patent owners.


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