Patent protects the unique pedal shape plus advanced analog /MIDI algorithms 17-Mar-09
Here's the press release we received from gig-fx...
gig-fx inc. has been awarded US patent # 7,476,799 B2. This patent protects the unique shape of gig-fx pedals as well as some of the advanced analog /MIDI algorithms in the Chopper and Prochop pedals.
The shape of the gig-fx pedals has function as well as a distinct appearance. Before that shape appeared, expression / wah pedals had to put control knobs on the side or make the pedal larger to put them next to the pedal, whereas the gig-fx shape elegantly contains as many as twelve knobs (using dual-concentric pots) and several switches, all within a standard-size pedal. The knobs and switches are protected by the height of the treadle but are easy to access as they face upwards.
US patent 7,476,799 B2 is a utility patent covering the functional aspect as it relates to the shape as well protecting the unique modulation features of the Chopper and Prochop. A separate design patent application is pending which covers the actual Trade Mark design elements of the pedal.
Recent converts to gig-fx pedals include Peter Frampton and Brett Tuggle, currently touring with Fleetwood Mac. gig-fx designs and manufactures unique and innovative effect pedals. All gig-fx pedals are housed in road-worthy, lightweight aircraft aluminum castings featuring the patented, ergonomic shape described above. The pedals are manufactured to the highest standards featuring a true analog signal path with 'better than true by-pass' TM. More information and sound samples: