“1. Turn back lights on. 2. Turn front lights on. 3. Position thing on platform. 4. Take picture.”

by Walter Olson on May 12, 2014

“US Patent Office Grants ‘Photography Against A White Background’ Patent To Amazon” [Tim Cushing, TechDirt] Critics suspect there is prior art.

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1 Walter Olson 05.12.14 at 11:28 am

Via Twitter from Rachael Lamkin ?(@Rachael_IP):

“Hi Walter. I caution against taking patent analysis from TechDirt seriously. The claims describe the invention and the piece doesn’t even cite same. See claim 1 of patent. Extensive and narrow.”

2 Speed 05.12.14 at 2:05 pm

Is it possible that the people at Amazon submitted this in hopes it would be granted and cause enough of a stir that the patent system would be … repaired?

I note the following from the abstract, “A subject can be photographed and/or filmed on the elevated platform to achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless background … ”

In the photographic industry, the ” … background that is equivalent to a white background … ” is called, “seamless.” And has been for decades.
http://www.google.com/patents/US8676045

3 nobody special 05.12.14 at 4:05 pm

“Extensive and narrow”
And ballsy… and don’t forget ridiculous.

4 Rusty Bill 05.12.14 at 4:24 pm

Hmm… Think I’m gonna go off and submit the paperwork to copyright, trademark and patent the letter “A”, in all known fonts, styles and materials…

(Do I really need a /sarc tag?)

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