Patent (priority date: 30/07/2001)
Registration number in Europe: EU 01118259.9; Japan: JP 220273/00; and the USA: US 10207186
The subject matter of this patent is the combination of loudspeakers and a soundfloor as an audification system for monitoring audified solid-body vibrations, particularly for seismic signals.
The intellectual property rights of patents are related to those of art; they form the technical equivalent to artistic authorship rights. But what happens to an artistic idea when it is packaged into the format of the patent genre? What then remains as worthy of protection? What repercussions derive from the reformulation of the ‘inventor’s’ original description, both in terms of the exact wording and the blueprints, in order to conform to the patent registration forms? Among the aspects I found interesting while working with the patent lawyer were the amendments made to the illustrations. Assuming that drawings can always be regarded as the signifier and as the signified, the draftsmen in the patent office have dealt differently with sections of the submitted blueprints. For example, the computer is translated as a symbol, the chair, by contrast, in an unschematised and recognisable form. Equally, the audio amplifier was easily transformed, whereas the different hatchings indicating a floor were faithfully retraced.
Description in: Florian Dombois and Philip Ursprung: “Kunst und Forschung. Ein Kriterienkatalog und eine Replik dazu”, in Kunst-Bulletin 4 (2006), pp. 31.