Members Grantus Posted March 29, 2010 Members Share Posted March 29, 2010 In my work as a tech journalist, I frequently check out what's going on at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). A guy named Geoffrey Lee McCabe, a jazz guitarist and inventor, has filed what's called a section 337 complaint against Ibanez, Floyd Rose, and other companies claiming they are violating his patents. In a section 337 complaint, the patent holder typically asks the USITC to ban the import of infringing products into the U.S. In this case, McCabe says he has a patent on headless or tuner-less electric guitars equipped with fulcrum tremolos. Although many of these cases are settled, a ruling for McCabe could mean that those kinds of guitars won't be able to be imported. McCabe's complaint is against: Floyd Rose Guitars, HHI, Ping Well Industrial, and Ibanez. Here's the USITC press release: http://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2010/er0329hh1.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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