Patents by Inventor Donald W. Curtis

Donald W. Curtis has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4070698
    Abstract: A multi-track tape player having at least one program or commercial message recorded on each of a plurality of the tracks thereof is connected to a source of background music by a control system which, periodically, in response to a control signal from a timing mechanism, activates successive ones of the tracks of the tape player. As the commercial message or program commences, the background material is caused to fade out until the completion of the program, whereupon the background returns. A separate volume control for the tape player and background material allows the commercial message to be played at a higher volume than the background material. Further the control system includes various special selection circuits and overrides which adapt the control system to skip tracks, cancel a program being played, or start a program regardless of the timing sequence of the timing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventors: Donald W. Curtis, Michael A. Branciforte, Terry L. Tucker