A Breakthrough Camera Lens? ....... No Way Says Judge.

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  1. Peter Kline

    Peter Kline Cinematographer

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    Judge Says Oscar-Winning Camera Lens Doesn't Work

    Fri Apr 11, 9:49 PM ET

    By Gina Keating and Dan Whitcomb

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge in Los Angeles has nullified the patent for one of Hollywood's most advanced camera lenses, saying the cinematographer who won an Academy Award for inventing it lied to U.S. patent examiners about its capabilities.

    The Panavision/Frazier lens, invented by Australian wildlife photographer James Frazier, was touted as having revolutionary depth-of-field capabilities. That is, the lens could hold small objects in the foreground and background images in sharp focus at the same time.

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  2. Ricardo C

    Ricardo C Producer

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    How could he get away with lying about the lens' capabilities? It either works as advertised, or it doesn't. I assume it was tested before it was granted the patent.
     
  3. James Zubb

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    Patents are never tested unless they are challenged in court. There are not enough skilled people in the patent office to test everything out.
     
  4. Peter Kline

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    Ricardo,

    He provided bogus info and tests about the lens to the patent office. Read the article and not just the first paragraph!

    Peter
     
  5. Sean Laughter

    Sean Laughter Screenwriter

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    I can understand the patent office being fooled, but you'd think the people doing the Academy Awards would know better.
     
  6. Peter Kline

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    The thing is not that the lense didn't work, it just wasn't the breakthrough it was represented to be. Also false "proof" of it's superiority was filed with the patent office which caused the judge to dismiss the patent.
     
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