Rockin’ Design Patent – Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka’s “Design For A Ukulele”


Patents Rock - Design For A Ukelele

Figure 1 from this design patent is a plan view of the ukulele

  • Rockin’ (Design) Patent: US Design Patent No. D74,178
  • Filed: 28 September 1927
  • In the name of: Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka
  • Title: Design For A Ukulele
  • What’s claimed: “The ornamental design for a ukulele, as shown.”
  • Why this (design) patent rocks:
    • Unlike utility patents, design patents (also called “registered designs”) protect the way all or part of a product looks rather than how it works. This is why the claim here refers to the “ornamental design” for the ukulele “as shown”.
    • According to the Wikipedia page for Kamaka Ukulele (here), which was founded by Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka (the inventor), this design arose because his friends thought a new ukulele design looked like a pineapple and one of his friends painted a pineapple on the front of the ukulele.  See also here for more information on the Kamaka pineapple ukulele.

Post by Iain Russell, Patent and Design Attorney, EIP


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