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Did you know Prince is an Inventor?

Posted by innovativeip on July 26, 2010

Today’s Patent of the Day is U.S. Design patent no. 349,127, issued July 26, 1994 to Prince.

Today's Patent of the Day

 Unfortunately, I’ve never had the opportunity to see Prince perform in concert, so I can’t speak to whether this instrument is used by him, but he is an interesting intellectual property subject, even without this patent.  

Prince, who was born Prince Rogers Nelson, also has registered trademark rights to the word PRINCE.  Around the same time that this patent was issued, his infamous name change occurred.  Like many at the time, I simply thought the change to the symbol was artist eccentricity.  Turns out it was a calculated move by Prince during his legal battle to leave Warner Brothers.  Reportedly, when Prince entered into his $100 million contract with Warner, he agreed to create three new albums and Warner garnered the rights to all of his valuable masters, and apparently exclusive rights to PRINCE.  Prince changed his name intentionally, as a first step to ending his contract with Warner, and stated that he chose a symbol because Prince was his birth name and he didn’t want another.  Actually, quite reasonable and not eccentric at all.

If you’d like to see more about the patented instrument, you can view the entire patent at   http://www.innovativeip.us/images/D349127.7.26.pdf.  Enjoy!

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