[2213] Effects Pedal Circuits Can be Patented

Date: April 11th, 2017 | Comments : [4] | Categories: DIY.

For about the third time in less than a week, I have seen someone post in an online forum, the erroneous information that pedal circuits cannot be patented.

Yes, they can be patented, and many classic circuits started out being protected by patents. Tom Scholz, for example, had numerous patents related to his Rockman devices.

Here is a page with some pedal related patents:

50 Audio and Effects Pedal Patents


4 Responses to “Effects Pedal Circuits Can be Patented”

[776511] admin Says: 7:38 am, April 12th, 2017

Additionally, some people think that you can just change a few component values and get around a patent. That’s not the way the system works, and changing a few values does nothing to get around a patent. It is the general architecture of the circuit and its method of use that is being patented. The component values are mostly immaterial.

Also, think about the pedalboard company that patented a slotted top for cable access. That patent is very simple and intuitive to anyone who has built similar projects, yet the patent has been upheld for 17 years against all challenges.

Invalidating or getting around a valid patent is not as easy as the forum commenters would lead you to believe.

[777019] EricF Says: 7:47 am, April 24th, 2017

Very interesting post and food for thought. I have recently heard the same false claim in a utoob video

Keep up the good work!


[778173] Andrew Says: 9:24 am, June 18th, 2017

Then what’s Bill Ferguson so upset about? Do people just not think to patent their circuits? Or is it not economical to take infringers to courts?

[778195] admin Says: 6:14 am, June 20th, 2017

It is quite expensive to get a patent, and even after it is granted, it is costly to defend it in court. Many small pedal manufacturers cannot afford the expense.


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