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Top 10 stories of the week: Warwick's patent win, Furch's new guitar neck design, The benefits of bespoke

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Warwick's patent win, Furch's new guitar neck design, The benefits of bespoke

The biggest story on MI Pro this week was Warwick Music Group’s legal win over a patent invalidation in China.

China's State Intellectual Property Office ruled in favour of the British company, which faced competition from 'look-alike' rivals using its patented designs for what it claims in the world’s first plastic trombone.

Read all the biggest stories below:

1. Warwick Music Group wins Chinese patent dispute over world's first plastic trombone
British MI maker Warwick Music Group successfully fought off a patent invalidation in China in a landmark ruling.
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2. Furch Guitars introduces 'revolutionary' new neck design after four years of research
Furch Guitars has announced the completion of four years of research and development of a new design that it believes will revolutionise guitar neck construction.

3. The benefits of bespoke: Why custom-built guitars are good value for money
In case you haven't noticed – boutique is in. Small, hip record labels, artisan bakers, independent cinema and bespoke tailoring are all reportedly thriving (although, for a certain class of gentleman, the latter has always been the preferred option).

4. How the new £1 coin will impact retailers
The Royal Mint has launched a new 12-sided £1 coin today (March 28th) that will replace the current ‘round pound’.

5. ABRSM on the lookout for music teachers to take part in feedback panel
ABRSM has launched a recruitment drive for ‘Teacher Voices’, its new customer feedback panel.

6. JHS names Linda Drumm as new Chairman
The Board of John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. (JHS) has announced Linda Drumm as its new chairman.

7. ISM on Brexit: 'The relationship between a post-exit UK and the European Single Market is a source of considerable concern'
In its first column for MI Pro, The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) discusses what aspects of musicians' working lives could be affected by today’s triggering of Article 50, and what the organisation is doing to monitor the development of Brexit…

8. OPINION: Why it's never too late to learn an instrument
Freelance music and technology writer Jessica Walter tells her story of why she picked up the guitar for the first time in her 40s and how it helped her bond with her father…

9. Abbey Road students treated to Moog workshop
Source Distribution recently conducted a Moog workshop for students undertaking the advanced diploma in music production and sound engineering at the prestigious Abbey Road Institute in London.

10. Musikmesse 2017: Korg unveils G1 Air digital piano, Kronos LS keyboard and more
Korg has unveiled the details about some of its brand new products that will be on show at this year’s Musikmesse.

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