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S.N.S.E. St James North stars Steel orchestra Enterprise Ceo has filed a Design Patent,Trademark, and Copyright infringment suit against Professor Brian Copeland et al

Ceo Leslie Michael Jordan, foundation member of the defunked Pan am North Stars / and former St James North stars, on January 9th  2014 file a Pro se Design Patent, Trademark, and Copyright infringment suit against Professor Brian Copeland et al ( and others), for the illegal use without permission, of their technological cycle of 5th or 4ths and 5ths, also called the spider web pan, and their 26 & 29 inch in diameter "big tenor", what the Professor  Copeland called his Genisis G-pan, and where he and the then Government went to the United States, retained and attorney to challenge and revoke any and all Cycle of 5th patent, implementing that its identical to the local works of our steel pan pioneer Anthony Williams, revoking the patent, which allowed the Professor to patent his, alleged G-pan, and also his PHI -pan, using the already patented cycle of 5th or 4ths & 5ths, which had been patented since September 18th 1963 by S.N.S.E, for and in the name of Anthony Williams,  said patent was registered as a application for a design, where design laws are protected and provided for along copyright lines, which means; said copyright will last untill 70 years after the authors or inventor death also, no one can revoke a patent that is not their own, as Tampering and Interfearance has been implemented in this revokation, the claim was served on the Professor Febuary 6th 2014, and a defense is to be filed within 28 days after receiving said claim, or judgement maybe entered for the whole amount claimed, the Professor attorney has since failed file to a defense, as there up to their tricks playing for time, therefore:S.N.S.E. has file for Judgment for the whole amount claimed, as this is the proceedure of the Hall of Justice Supreme High Court, which happens to be a Rule of Law.

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Hope North Stars and Tony get their just due.

If this was Patented by S.N.S.E in 1963 I wish North Stars and Anthony Williams good luck on this pursuit, Go Leslie, wish you the best also 

The prof. will be spending a lot of time in court, this is the second person to file suit against him in the last couple of months.

Interesting. Curious to know what the USPTO IP references are? So far, no mention of this appears in the database.


There is NO ONE, OR ENTITY that can infringe on that which is enshrined in the hearts of true lovers of 'Pan' all over the world. people who love and respect the work, the dedication, and devotion to his craft that  Sir Anthony Williams has put into the creation of the"Spider Web design" appreciate  Not only his creation of the web design, but his genius in molding the mind of his players to play as ONE was simply stupifying; His flawless arrangements and the way he exacted all of the quality of this new sound which came from such an innovative design was simply amazing! The Pan Am North Stars have nothing to fear, because their place in the history of "Pan" is solidly assured.

Tru Dat, one of a kind genius pioneer. http://www.niherst.gov.tt/icons/profiles/anthony-williams.htm

Undisputed as the innovator. http://www.thepanpiper.com/

Yes, I'm confused. Apparently he owns the US patent for the cycle of fifths steel pan.So who is he? 

Is that a Tony Williams alias?

If not , what's the story?


yes...hmm an interesting development....two ORTT's Distinguished Society of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago holders fiddling court battles while the proverbial Romans burn the indigenous artform...does the ends justify the means? Is this the final cost of creativity, innovation and competitiveness in our neck of the words?..........Hmm, lamentably sad.....happy mother's day.

Trevor King try ah ting, but it look like he get ketch by Les and Tony playin' dead to ketch corbeaux alive, ent.

Upon reexamination by the USPTO, his claims were rejected which by virtue established the prior art referenced in the patent infringement lawsuit. But as to the citation of that patent, so far I cannot see the publication.

The courts will have to sort this one put, but the claim to fame may yet have to feel some pain and shame.

The FAT Lady has been rehearsing her vocal skills, but she has yet to perform her song. ;-)


For example, a patent claim by two US academics, titled “Production of a Caribbean Steelpan,” is being appealed by the Trinidad and Tobago Government. In this case, University of Delaware music lecturer Harvey Price, director of the Delaware Steel ensemble, and his colleague, chemical engineer George Whitmyre, were granted a claim in 2001. The Whitmyre/Price patent uses hydroforming, more commonly used in car manufacturing, as a cost-effective way of using high-pressure hydraulic fluid to mould malleable metal into lightweight, strong, complex shapes. The two academics formed a company, HydroSteel, with European partner Judith Spoo who is associated with the PANKULTUR Steelband and Association in Germany and is vice president of Steelpan European. Steelpan European, an organisation of steelpan interests in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, the UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and France, describes itself on its web site as “a pan-european organisation united by an inherent and genuine interest to explore and develop the full potential of the steelpan instrument and the talent which abounds in its members. The countries have signed a co-operating agreement which enunciates its long-term direction ensuring that the organisation grows with a vision and common objectives in mind.” According to a 2002 statement by Horace Morancie, the Trinidad-born president of the United States Steelband Association (USSA), the patent could be challenged on the grounds that the hydroform press was also used to produce tenor pans in the 1970s at the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (Cariri).
However, several 2002/2003 articles said the innovators, including UWI senior engineering lecturer Clement Imbert, did not apply for a patent because they did not have enough money and because government advisers said the process would be too arduous, thus leaving the door open for others to take advantage of the situation. But there has been some progress. A US tenor pan patent in which Trinidad-born American Trevor King claimed to originate an arrangement of notes called the Cycle of Fifths was revoked last year when the Trinidad and Tobago Government provided evidence that the pattern was identical to that developed by local steelpan pioneer Anthony Williams in the 1940s. Oral testimonies, meanwhile, place the origin of the pan to backyard inventors of the 1920s and 1930s, which suggests that modern innovators are benefiting while the pioneers remain unrecognised. The current dispute between a government and some UWI engineers and technicians surrounding ownership in the digital and electronic age, now adds a different dimension to the continuing saga of the steelpan. On the one hand, while it shows up glaring deficiencies in the knowledge of high education administrators about IP issues, it gives new cause for research and development institutions in the region to inspect and upgrade the status of their IP arrangements with staff, associates and funders, as it promises to test the UWI policy on paper and in practice.

I have just checked the Whitmyre/Price application (on the US Patent Office website) . It has expired.

But it could easily, and successfully  have been challenged in 2001. US$50 and an objection from  a relevant Trinidadian steel band organization would  have stopped it in its tracks. The application describes 'Caribbean Steel Pan" as a 'folk instrument', which is a false claim. It is a 'popular' instrument, but not a 'folk' instrument of unknown origin. It was invented by known persons. Some are still alive, and some , like Anthony Williams had the sense to patent their inventions.

Question:  how could' the patenting process be 'too arduous  and expensive' for a university department i the seventies, when Anthony Williams managed it in the forties?


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