April 25, 2022 I Legal
Ciari Guitars Expands Patent Portfolio with In-Airport Guitar Lounge
Ciari Guitars announced the expansion of its global patent portfolio with the issuance of US Patent No. 11,306,498 for “In-Airport Guitar Kiosk and Related Methods.”
The patent protects its Music Oasis Free Guitar Lounge, which Ciari Guitars first debuted as a member of the Airport Innovation Lab at the San Diego International Airport. The Music Oasis boasts comfortable seating, a guitar tower/display case and multiple guitar play-stations with headphones and iPads so passengers can de-stress and relax before or after flights while playing — free of charge — an Ascender, a folding electric guitar from Ciari Guitars. The Music Oasis also includes an internal speaker system, microphone and P.A. functionality to enable in-airport performances by local or traveling artists, in collaboration with the Airport Arts Program.
“We are thrilled to strengthen our intellectual property protection with the addition of this U.S. patent for our Music Oasis,” said Jonathan Spangler, CEO of Ciari Guitars and Registered Patent Attorney. “Along with our robust U.S. and international IP portfolio on our market-making folding guitar technology, this patent underscores that Ciari Guitars is, first and foremost, an innovation company, not just for our award-winning guitars, but on how we market and make them accessible to the consuming public.”
Ciari Guitars is currently working with San Diego International Airport on the re-launch of the Music Oasis in 2022 to capitalize on the increase in air travel due to the waning impact of COVID-19. Ciari Guitars is also seeking to expand the Music Oasis beyond San Diego to other key airports across the U.S. and abroad.