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May 25, 2014 16:57 |  #46

mike_d wrote in post #16929577 (external link)
Also, a patent can be invalidated if the holder doesn't aggressively defend it, ie. sue everyone.

I'm not aware of that being part of any patent law. Are you sure you're not confusing that point with trademark?


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May 25, 2014 17:05 |  #47

Luckless wrote in post #16929656 (external link)
I'm not aware of that being part of any patent law. Are you sure you're not confusing that point with trademark?

I believe it applies to IP in general, at least in the US.




  
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May 25, 2014 17:07 |  #48

I have purchased my last piece of photography equipment from Amazon.com




  
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May 25, 2014 20:52 |  #49

KatieB wrote in post #16919904 (external link)
I really do think it's a protective thing more than anything else. But who knows. I could be really really wrong.

I hope so as I'd be pretty disappointed otherwise. Plus it would be very difficult to really prove how a photographer setup their lighting honestly.




  
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May 25, 2014 20:53 |  #50

mike_d wrote in post #16929670 (external link)
I believe it applies to IP in general, at least in the US.

No, that doesn't apply to patents, probably because patents have a limited lifetime anyway. It does apply to trademarks, which are good indefinitely as long as the owner uses and defends it, and I'm not sure about copyrights.


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Jun 10, 2014 12:31 |  #51

Here's an interesting article that explains how this patent was issued, written by Charles Duan, director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge, a guest post at ArsTechnica.
http://arstechnica.com …e-background-photography/ (external link)

The summary is that the patent office had to allow it because they could not cite any documented prior art that specified the distance ratios in the application. Sounds confusing, but you'll understand it by reading the article.


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Jun 12, 2014 12:31 |  #52

It would cost Amazon millions to police the photography business looking for "offenders" to their patent. And who are they going to sue for millions the photographer? LOL. I did try to patent water once. I wanted to make sure I collected every time a life form took a drink. That's just how silly this one is.

Shoot whatever configuration you want and as many times as you want.




  
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Jun 30, 2014 18:09 |  #53

Bwahahahahaha....let's watch them try to police this!


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Jul 15, 2014 19:02 as a reply to  @ Point-n-shoot-n's post |  #54

You can thank Apple for the RETARDED patent environment right now in the USA. They are a big contributor to the frivolous, stupid patent environment right now. This is why many techies despise Apple.




  
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