" HELP CAPSTONE
DEFEND AGAINST AN

ABUSE OF OUR PATENT SYSTEM
 
  We need your help to correct an injustice!

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 clear:
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!)
ProCounter (Australia)
PetaPixel
KameraBild (Anyone know Swedish?)
DIY Photography
The Hidden Tax On Your Internet
Blog Article



Fox Connecticut
WFSB, Hartford



Digital Grin (must-read Wolf Comments)
Fred Miranda
Another Fred Miranda
Photography Corner
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?

Digital Photography Review (LOTS of interesting comments!)
DP Zen



First Patent: '875
Second Patent: '214
Third Patent: '035
Rejected 6 times?
 
             

Forbes: Lawsuits Stifle Small Competitors
Huffington Post: Measures Needed, Stop Abuse
EFF: Adam Carolla's lawsuit good, bad, ugly
Business Week:  The Patent Epidemic
Section 101 Invalidates Another Patent
Fearless Photographer: Sports



(you can't make this stuff up, folks!)
Race Director's Statement
Race Facebook Page Comments
Photocrazy Letter Describing Situation
Photocrazy's message and race response
Photocrazy's follow-up message (x3)
Letter from race's lawyers to Photocrazy
Wolf's response to race's lawyers
Gran Fondo Statement to Athletes
Gran Fondo FB page with athlete & Wolf comments
 
Photocrazy.com
Photocrazy Facebook - 20 Likes?
Capstone Facebook - 29,000 Likes

One Star on YELP?
Post on www.ripoffreport.com
Tour de Tahoe 2014
 
Thomas Jefferson
More Thomas Jefferson
 
Patent Innovation and Ligitation Act Introduced
White House Encourages Patent Reform

 
Think the entire race industry is being held hostage by some vague patents that never should have been granted?  HELP US! 
More info: mike@capstonephoto.com