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05-13-2014, 08:46 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
This patent is most likely indefensible and unenforceable since the general method predates the creation of Amazon by at least a hundred years. That the Patent Office actually granted it is evidence that no one there actually reads what they are approving or has any idea what they are doing. I'll keep using my studio lights and seamless backgrounds as I like without fear of Amazon and their "patent."
What drives me crazy is indeed that it was approved. It makes no sense.

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without recognition of US patents, you don't get an FTA.
That's not quite true. Each country has its own patent office, and patents must be filed in every country. What free trade deals include in general is a mechanism to facilitate patent submission. for instance, if it was filed in country X, there is a "grace period" to also file in country Y and no one can file the same patent.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
...Each country has its own patent office, and patents must be filed in every country. What free trade deals include in general is a mechanism to facilitate patent submission. for instance, if it was filed in country X, there is a "grace period" to also file in country Y and no one can file the same patent.
...and there is of course the difference in patent philosophies to overcome, ie first to invent versus first to file. Some would call it a form of cultural imperialism, but it will nonetheless be interesting to see if Amazon's US patent is tried in other jurisdictions.
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Im more surprised large production houses haven't patent types of lighting before.
The real problem with this Amazon patent is that its not really that special. In fact, various photographers and companies probably used this kind of setup before - just without patenting it. The OP article mentions that Amazon probably did this so that it can't be used against them, as a preemptive measure. But it won't take long before they start using it against competition. Soon Amazon will be the only company with seamless white-background product photos!

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In fact, various photographers and companies probably used this kind of setup before - just without patenting it.
That's the problem. something that is "obvious" or already in existence, in theory cannot be patented.
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