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Company suing over patents for "event photoography websites"
Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 03.06.14
->> http://www.wfsb.com/story/24879800/photography-company-the-victim-of-patent...
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Lance King, Photographer
Raleigh | NC | USA | Posted: 12:15 AM on 03.07.14
->> Wow! In reading the article, I wonder why Wolf isn't suing every major media outlet that uses metadata for search purposes. I would hope that someone has filed a request for reexamination on these patents.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 12:48 AM on 03.07.14
->> Yup. I'm also with the 41 AG's that are pushing for the laws to be changed so that these "common sense" patents would never be accepted in the first place.

In fact automatically processing an image to place a company logo (or in their original case, race logo) is also covered. So if you do that in a batch process (like pics I just saw from WPPI and a Photobooth company) that violates one of his other patents for which he is suing.
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Michael Augustin, Photographer
Bensalem | PA | USA | Posted: 5:29 AM on 03.07.14
->> SIOW, if I batch-add my company logo (watermark) to photo's in LR, I am potentially violating his patent?

Rubbish.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 9:51 AM on 03.07.14
->> Years ago using a different site to sell event photo prints asked them why they had not introduced search capabilities yet, this guy was the answer, they were too afraid of getting sued and had to use a clunky time consuming method instead which was one reason left their service. Absolute joke.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 11:11 AM on 03.07.14
->> This topic has been discussed here for a while. Here is a list of the previous threads. If you want to get caught up start here ....

http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=28052
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=25315
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=20539
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Jeffrey Nycz, Photographer
Warsaw | IN | USA | Posted: 3:20 PM on 03.07.14
->> Good patent attorneys are worth their weight in gold. If the claims are broad enough and the patent issues, not much you can do about it. My previous employer encountered a customer that had a few brilliant patent attorneys. We lost a litigation case to the tune of $1.3B! Yep, that's with a "B" and paid to one individual.
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 4:29 PM on 03.08.14
->> Not just happening in the photo world. Seems a company called Personal Audio is suing Pod Casters and big companies like Apple saying he invented podcasting. Here is a story http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/eff-to-defend-against-troll-with.../
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 9:57 PM on 03.08.14
->> Paul- We actually studied this case in one of my Corporate Law classes. The debate was about how tightly defined a patent needs to be because Personal Audio's patent just patented the concept rather than a viable process.

_IF_ this is the same case, the process they allude to in their patent application actually never worked, but it was worded vaguely enough to leave a lot to interpretation.
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 12:03 AM on 03.09.14
->> Personal Audio seems to be getting paid from companies like Apple and San Disk. They are now suing guys with popular podcasts like Adam Corolla and Marc Marin. I hope that the podcasters win in their cases and put a stop to this kind of thing.
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Paul W Gillespie, Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA | Posted: 12:05 AM on 03.09.14
->> I should make it clear that Apple and San Disk are paying Personal Audio from the results of law suits or threat of law suits. Not because they feel PA is right, I surmise.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 7:38 PM on 09.30.14
->> This topic has come up again on Fred Miranda's website - and Mr. Wolf has joined the fray (page 3).

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1065128/2

For those interested in helping Capstone with their legal fees fighting the validity of these patents:
http://www.endpatentabuse.com/
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Bryan Woolston, Photographer
Philadelphia | Pa | USA | Posted: 10:35 AM on 10.02.14
->> Im going to patent "the process of driving to work" If you get in your car, and head out in the morning, or anytime of day, get ready to pay up.
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John Howley, Photographer
Circleville | OH | USA | Posted: 4:39 PM on 10.03.14
->> Podcasting appears to be safe after Personal Audio came to the conclusion that podcasters don't have much money and they agreed to drop the case against Adam Carolla.
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/adam-carolla-gets-it-on-with-personal-au-4.../

But PA did get a win against CBS.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 9:38 PM on 10.28.14
->> "Thus, the court finds that all three of the patents in suit are directed to patent-ineligible abstract ideas, and lack an inventive concept that would make them patent-eligible applications of those ideas."

"V. CONCLUSION
In accordance with the foregoing, the Court GRANTS defendants’ motion for judgment on the pleadings.
IT IS SO ORDERED."


2:13-CV-09573


Skelps/Capstone prevails.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 8:44 PM on 10.29.14
->> Link to a copy of the complete order.

https://www.eff.org/files/2014/10/29/capstone_order_granting_motion_for_jud...
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 9:30 PM on 10.29.14
->> So Wolf lost? will this mean that all other lawsuits he files against companies will go null and void since this order has been ruled on?
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Kelley Martin-Clough, Photographer
Temecula | CA | USA | Posted: 11:31 PM on 10.29.14
->> Update from Capstone:



BREAKING NEWS: A Federal Judge in the Central District of California has struck down all three patents in the lawsuit against our company. The Court ruled "that all three of the patents in suit are directed to patent-ineligible abstract ideas, and lack an inventive concept that would make them patent-eligible applications of those ideas." The case is over and Capstone has prevailed. We are excited to have this issue resolved in our favor!
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 11:38 PM on 10.29.14
->> It's my understanding Capstone has spent over $100,000 fighting this - and achieving a ruling that benefits an entire industry. There's a link in my prior post (9/30/14) if you would like to help defray this cost.
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