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

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


  • 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.”

  • 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.

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

  • 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?)