Re: [Harp-L] Harrison Patent application number: 20090308223
I read through the patent and couldn't determine what the harmonica was supposed to do.
I've owned a custom Marine Band and at least one each of all the new Marine Bands. They are very easy to play and bend easily.
I've only seen the Harrison on a table and pictures of it.
I know a half-valved harmonica will yield extra blow bends on the low end and extra draw bends on the top end and adjusted reeds make overblowing easier.
What did it purport to do? How was/is it different from other custom or high-end harmonicas?
From: Vern <jevern@xxxxxxx>
To: Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Harp-L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 1:26 am
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Harrison Patent application number: 20090308223
I agree. This patent appears to be very narrow, with many detailed claims
referring to the covers. For this reason, I'm guessing that it would be very
easy to avoid by making some inconsequential change to the cover design.
Here is an 1895 patent for a machine that milled reeds in the longitudinal
direction. See http://www.google.com/patents/US545831
Anything that is published, patented anywhere, obvious, or already in the public
domain cannot be patented. For this reason, Brad could not patent this feature.
I think that such a patent would have to be on some unique aspect of the reed
itself and not the process that made it. Of course there are process patents
but this is not one of them.
I am not a patent attorney but for several years I was the patent coordinator
for my employer working with our patent attorneys. I am inventor on 6 patents.
One of them made some money for my employer. The others are just
not-very-interesting pieces of paper. A patent and a dollar will get you a cup
Can any of you patent attorneys confirm or deny the above?
On Dec 5, 2013, at 5:45 PM, Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I looked at the Harrison patent application. The patent appears (to me)
> to be primarily concerned with the mounting of the covers and the
> fastening mechanisms.
> One of the most interesting aspects of the B-Radical was the longitudinal
> milling of the reeds. I found no mention of this in the patent application.
> Crazy Bob
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