Event Photographers: Do you know Peter Wolf?

Started Mar 7, 2006 | Discussions thread
Michael Fryd
Michael Fryd Veteran Member • Posts: 9,386
No fancy electronics need for infringement

Which version of the patent did you read? The version at the US Patent and Trademark web site ( http://USPTO.GOV search for patent 6,985,875) is a searchable text document, that includes a section entitled "What is claimed". The version at Mr Wolf's web site ( http://www.photocrazy.com/Patents/Patent6985875.pdf ) is not searchable, and seems to be missing that section.

The version at the USPTO claims the patent is for "...A process providing event photographs of a sporting event for inspection, selection and distribution via a computer network"

The version at the patent office clearly states that the identifying information is selected from at least one of a variety of sources, including a number worn by the participant or the participant's name. The fancy automatic data collection systems are not a requirement for patent infringement.

Reading the numbers off a sign or a shirt and entering them into a publicly accessible photo database for sale, is a clear infringement of the patent. No fancy electronic devices are required.

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