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Patent Marking on Vintage Recreation Products – Inspired by Gretsch® Guitars

Gretsch for blogYou may not believe it, but in her spare time, this IPCopy writer does occasionally turn to pursuits other than combing through Unitary Patent legislation (no, really). Not so long ago, she was perusing the website of Gretsch® guitars, on the brink of doing some damage to her wallet, and stumbled across something that caught her eye*.

Gretsch® has been around since the 1880s, and started out making banjos and ukuleles, soon progressing to guitars. Today, they  focus on vintage-style guitars,  some being recreations of earlier instruments. Why on earth might you care about this? Well, recreating the appearance of  a vintage instrument is relevant to the important subject of patent marking (no, really).