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After a great deal of consideration, Capstone Photography has
decided to bring light to a particular situation. We have been
proud to serve millions of athletes since our founding in 2005.
But now we face an attack, and we believe that we must spread
the word. We are confident the public will support our side of
this issue. The primary purpose of this page is to
raise funds for our
legal defense against this outrageous lawsuit.
Here is the thirty second version:
An individual named Peter Wolf filed for and
received three patents related to event photography. We believe these
patents fail for a number of reasons to meet the requirements
for innovation worthy of patent protection by the US Government. The patent office actually
rejected the first patent a total of SIX TIMES over a period of
six years. Over the course of more than half a decade, Mr. Wolf
kept changing the specific verbiage and narrowing the scope of
the patent until finally the USPTO relented and granted the
patent. (Does that sound to anyone like they just got tired and
rubber-stamped it? But we're dealing with the government, so
that could NEVER happen!)
Mr. Wolf has already contacted or
sued more than a dozen companies. When confronted with the high
costs of legal defense, one by one, they each agreed
to settle with him. He has used the same tactics with us. He has
repeatedly "reminded" us of the
very high, six-figure cost to defend this suit. Regardless of
the (lack of) merit in the case, we get the message loud and
Pay up, Capstone, or go bankrupt trying to defend.
His lawyers have used the high cost of defense as a means to
economically coerce a settlement. My
wife and I even traveled to California to meet with Mr. Wolf.
The mediation process was unsuccessful, and the suit threatens
to put us out of business.
I could write for many pages about the reasons why we feel that
Capstone is in the right and Mr. Wolf is in the wrong. But I
think the facts and actions to date speak for themselves. This
page has been assembled primarily as a single repository for
content on the web regarding the patent-holder, the lawsuit and
other related information. Please spend some time checking out
the content links on this page.
We also ask for your support. Please SHARE this page with
everyone you know. SHARE it with friends, SHARE it with events,
SHARE it with your elected representatives. SHARE it with local
media! We also hope you will consider
donating to our legal
defense. We think you'll agree that what Mr. Wolf continues
doing is WRONG. We need your help to defend our case and to
invalidate these patents.
Motion Filed Claiming Wolf Patents are Abstract Ideas,
Ineligible for Patent
Section 101 Invalidates Another Patent
Electronic Frontier Foundation
TechDirt (must-read comments!)
KameraBild (Anyone know Swedish?)
The Hidden Tax On Your Internet
Digital Grin (must-read Wolf Comments)
Another Fred Miranda
SportsShooter: Don't Shoot the Messenger
SportsShooter: Photo Companies Sued
SportsShooter: Any Updates?
SportsShooter: Company Suing
Flickr: Patented Event Process
Coming to a Business Near You
Photography on the Net
Another Photography On The Net
Photo.net: Patent -- Any News?
Photography Review (LOTS of interesting comments!)
First Patent: '875
Third Patent: '035
Rejected 6 times?