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US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon

US Patent Office Grants 'Photography Against A White Background' Patent To Amazon

The US Patent and Trademark Office is frequently maligned for its baffling/terrible decisions... and rightfully so. Because this is exactly the sort of thing for which the USPTO should be maligned. Udi Tirosh at DIY Photography has uncovered a recently granted patent for the previously-unheard of process of photographing things/people against a white backdrop... to of all companies, Amazon.

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"Slide to Unlock" ~ Prior Art.


"Slide to Unlock" an old barn door reveals "Prior Art." 5 minute lesson.

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Garan's picture

This makes me happy.

I'm glad to see that brain-dead examples of the problem with patents are being created.

It is sometimes hard to argue that a highly technical patent is also an obvious solution for people who often deal in that highly technical area. People who do not have the everyday expertise required to understand the patent and whether it is innovative or not, can't see it's obviousness.

It is easier to convince people of analogous examples that everyone can understand, like the idea of lighting a white backdrop for a photo.

I'd like to see similar yet related patents for all the other colors. What genius. We need to reward people who wish to prevent others from using their ideas.

Let's us do it here at the Daily Paul! C'mon everyone, let's

pass the hat and we can all fund the patenting process right here and retire happily...who's first?

SequoiaTrees4RonPaul

Let's patent

Sunday photos of children in roadside sunflower fields.

Defend Liberty!

I wonder when

someone will patent rectangular computer chips.

Amazon Subsidizes US Patent Buffoonery. Well of stupidity.

US Patent Office Fee Schedule: "Prior Art" or "Obvious" voids patent infringement claims; patenting stupidity is a tax on stupidity.

Does Intellectual Property need to include something intellectual?
The United States Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO) set some kind of new record for granting stupid patents. Apple ® is the proud new owner of not one, but two patents on “Slide to Unlock”. The Slide To Unlock patent numbers are 7,657,849 and 8,046,721, and now Apple, at least in the United States, is the only company allowed to sell touch-screen devices that unlock by touching that screen and moving your finger.

7,657,849 and 8,046,721 (Why are there two patent numbers assigned to this unbelievably obvious “no one invented anything” idea) are just examples of the US patents that do not protect anything. No protection:

  • You can’t patent an idea.
  • You can’t patent something obvious or non-unique (see: "You cannot patent "Stupid").
  • You can’t patent something that has been done before (“Prior Art”)

What’s described in 7,657,849 and 8,046,721 fly in the face of all three of those “can’t patent” tenets. By the rules that USPTO is supposed to follow, Slide to Unlock is even less patentable than Facebook’s Newsfeed Patent 7669123 or Amazon’s Patent 7739139 on Computer Networks. http://answerguy.com/2011/10/26/patent-office-stupidity-reco...

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Garan's picture

Good comment

However, the slider-button you posted doesn't work.
Can you fix that?

I don't dare. Try this one instead. Or change yours.

Slide to Unlock
Change text & color for your very own personalized "Slide to Unlock" button."

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The only thing I can think is

they did this to pre-empt the patent trolling industry and their shakedown lawyers.

The great American pastime

rent seeking

Amazon Purchase: Polar Bear In A Snow Storm Back Drop

$12.99 per use.