Software, pharmaceutical and some molecular biology patents have strained our current patent system. Many have argued that it may be too broken to fix. It was my impression, wrong it would seem, that more traditional patentents; those based on novel ideas, implentaitons or inventions and involving no algorithms or cell lines were still working. Turns out I was wrong.
From Photography Bay:
Amazon Technologies, Inc. (a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.) has legitimately patented studio the common studio photography method of photographing subjects on a seamless white background using a cyclorama and the USPTO actually granted the patent.
Photography bay includes the Patent illustration of the technique. Amazon has, somehow, patented the standard way that photographers have set up lights for a photo with a bright white background – millions of catalogue images have been shot using exatcly this technique.
This is pure silliness.