What Can Today’s Patents Tell about Music of the Future?
With the SXSW Music Festival descending on Austin, my hometown, I wondered about technology innovation in the music industry.
We often hear about innovative music genres but what about the equipment musicians use to make those awesome sound tracks? And who is banking on inventions as music evolves?
A deep dive into Patent Analytics shows that it’s Yamaha by a hefty margin, with more than twice as much patent activity as the closest assignee, Sony.
Apple and Samsung made the list too, of course, with Apple slightly edging Samsung in activity. (I used PSG Patent Analytics to reveal U.S. patent-related activity for musical instruments and devices over the past 12 months.)
What about the technologies behind these inventions in the works?
I wasn’t surprised that the most frequent technology class was for transmitting or directing sound, but look how high patent activity for string or wind instruments registered.
What can be on the technical horizon for these traditional music-makers? For perspective, I’m taking a closer look at the evolution of the guitar for a future column.
Oh, and what about the most ignored instrument? That would be the organ — so far down the list that it didn’t make the chart.
Do these results surprise you? Do they reflect the advancements shown or discussed at SXSW?
And is there an innovator poised to capitalize on the organ opportunity that everyone else is overlooking?
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