- Apr 20, 2011
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We may not like it, but there's no reason for DiMarzio to not try to claim those things.
Having a pair of rounded-ended dual bobbins is not a functional requirement for making a humbucker pickup.
From a functioning standpoint, covers on or off, a config like this would not function different, even though it looks different, wouldn't it?
And, since he's looking to trademark the uncovered-humbucker look, he gets to make the argument. When that fails, at least go after the double-cream look.
It's up to the examiner to find fault and deny. That didn't happen.
As for the rounded pins being "functional".... well, you could make them square, and they'd function, I suppose. They'd be a lot tougher to manufacture that way, and that would be a burden to competition. Something that would make challenging this easier.
Hey.... There you go. Want double-cream? Just make them with squared-end bobbins. No trademark violation. Or square pins. Good luck sourcing them. Or adjusting them.