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This patent utilizes the most common portrait lens, the 85mm, on a lighting setup that has been in common use for decades. This would only make sense to someone who knows nothing about commercial photography. I see it was filed in 2011 so it isn't like they were short on time to do a thorough review. There is nothing new or novel about this procedure.


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Non-Cited Prior Art Found I find it amusing that Jesse Aronstein was mentioned via patent US4741242 in the asserted US8502060 patent, yet Aronstein's US4457203 was not. I know that all inventors get a bug in them and never stop inventing. I know if you've ever had a patent, you want more. Why would you cite someone in your patent and not do your full ...


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Drum tuning as compared to tuning most musical instruments does not involve detecting simple series of harmonically related notes (same note in different octaves), but different unrelated notes generated by the sundry different length physical paths that different head resonances travel over. 060 claim 1 with several means combined describes applying a ...


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This is a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application. As such, it is never granted. The PCT system allows one application to stand for 140+ applications in as many locations. Only those actual patent offices can grant a patent. In any case, even if you pulled up the publication of a US application that had subsequently resulted in an issued patent, that ...


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This patent may be specific, but certainly not novel. See Avedon, or any product photo in recent years. This is a great example of the system off its rails restraining innovation, and this is from someone who love Amazon.


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Also, I don't think that specific prior art is the issue here. Given the problem this is solving, a person skilled in the art would have come to this solution. Therefore, it is not an invention. There is no inventive step, only application of the art. The Wikipedia page says: "Further, the combination of previously known elements can be considered obvious. ...


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As far as prior art, here is a post from 2007 describing this as a "classic method". http://photo.net/photography-lighting-equipment-techniques-forum/00JWlT The specifics of the settings are built in settings on the camera and that is probably the most commonly used portrait lens so nothing is being invented. To put it another way, this would be like ...


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I assume you are talking about the US for the formats. The application number is assigned when the application is filed at the USPTO. It is of the format "16/123456". The publication number is assigned when the application is published (usually 18 months after it was filed). It is of the format "2016/0123456". The patent number is assigned if the ...


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Unfortunately the 20100212475 by Toulson is listed on the face of the 8502060 patent. AFAIK that means that there is a presumption (albeit rebuttable) that this document was reviewed by the Patent Examiner and that the CLAIMS of the 8502060 application were nonetheless patentably novel and nonobvious over the Toulson reference.* In a normal 3rd party ex ...


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Cited Prior Art - Useful for Reexamination US Patent Application: US20100212475 Dr Rob Toulson, Priority Date July 13, 2007 This patent is being explored and compared here, for the possibility of reexamination. MPEP 2216 says "The legal standard for ordering ex parte reexamination, as set forth in 35 U.S.C. 303(a), requires a substantial new question ...


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The frequency selection bit of this all puzzles me in the sense of how they patented frequencies above a sound level. Looking into several documents online, I discover on WikiPedia Pitch Detection Algorithm (PDA) which is the obvious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_detection_algorithm A pitch detection algorithm (PDA) is an algorithm designed to ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art US4823667 (Priority Date: Jun 22, 1987) Title: Guitar controlled electronic musical instrument Claim 1 - Predetermined Threshold ... a threshold detect unit whereby an on-signal is generated if said envelope of said string waveshape signal is greater than or equal to a prespecified threshold signal amplitude and whereby an off-signal is ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art US6140568 (Priority Date: Nov 6, 1997) This is a great example. Title: System and method for automatically detecting a set of fundamental frequencies simultaneously present in an audio signal ABSTRACT A system and method for automatically detecting and identifying a plurality of frequencies simultaneously present in an audio signal, as ...


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Considering the substantial new question of patentability with prior art that was found in such a short time (5 days so far), one would be curious to how the patent was approved. Information from USPTO Public Pair System To obtain this patent information, go to the search, select Patent, and enter: 8502060 in the search box. It will display the Application ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art Found ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS AND TUNING OF CYLINDRICAL MEMBRANOPHONES Authors: PHILLIP, GILES, MACGILLIVRAY, RICHARDSON Date: Aug-2010 Anglia Ruskin University This document is over 100 pages and contains several references to Toulson, and others. It also depicts the peak selection (predetermined threshold in '060) and filtering means. ...


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NON-CITED Prior Art (1999) ELECTRONIC GUITAR TUNER by Kathleen Wettstein and Adam Wunderlich May 4, 1999 http://courses.engr.illinois.edu/ece445/projects/.../project45_final_paper.doc I found this old 1999 document on 3 examples of basic guitar tuners. This document also has considerable mention of peak detection and only allowing portions of the signal ...


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http://www.technick.net/public/code/cp_dpage.php?aiocp_dp=guide_dft_db_display "Music 320 Background Reader" by Julius O. Smith III, (Course Background Reader, Music 320). Copyright © 2001-01-02 by Julius O. Smith III. - Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. This is a modified ...


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Frequency based criterion for distinguishing tonal and noisy spectral components http://www.cscjournals.org/csc/manuscript/Journals/SPIJ/volume4/Issue1/SPIJ-56.pdf International Journal of Computer Science and Security, Volume (4): Issue (1) by M. Kulesza No copyright notice in casual glance, however, no references cited beyond 2009.


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I would like to offer my insight. I have asked my professor to present this in class as we are learning about FFT and DSP signal analysis. Perhaps my classmates can join in. Part of audio training is learning about Apple's Audio Units. Audio Units have been the cornerstone in apple's audio development for years and is utilized by developers that all would ...


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Non Cited Prior Art US 4227437 A (1977) Frequency detecting apparatus Note: a stringed instrument is also a resonant structure, in fact everything in the world resonates and therefore is a resonant structure. Abstract A detecting apparatus for tuning musical instruments receives an input signal from a sound transducer and removes second harmonic ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art US 3812432 A (Priority Jan 5, 1973) https://www.google.com/patents/US3812432 Tone detector Description (Abstracted) More specifically, a tone detector, in accordance with the invention, includes a threshold detector for generating a substantially constant amplitude pulsating signal representative of intervals between prescribed levels of ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art Title: Digital audio signal processor employing multiple filter fundamental acquisition circuitry US 5056398 A Priority Date (Sep 20, 1988) ABSTRACT A digital signal processing apparatus is provided for identifying the octave, note and cent of a musical sound. The apparatus includes a transducer for converting the musical sound ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art Visualization of Musical Pitch Philip McLeod and Geoff Wyvill. In Computer Graphics International 2003, 2003 http://miracle.otago.ac.nz/tartini/papers/Visualization_of_Musical_Pitch.pdf 2.5 Choosing the Fundamental After the frequencies of all the local maxima have been found, their amplitudes are calculated. The strongest ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art US4227437 Priority Date: Oct 11, 1977 Another fine example of selecting frequencies above a predetermined threshold is US4227437 Published Oct 14, 1980 Frequency detecting apparatus Frequency detection apparatus for tuning a stringed instrument or the like, comprising: a transducer for receiving sound information from a ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art US5777248 (Priority Date Jul 22, 1996) Title: Tuning indicator for musical instruments Abstract: A musical instrument tuning aid. The display provides the user tuning information in a rapidly interpreted form. The input note, or tuning device setting, is displayed in a clock face format. A sharp/flat indicator provides a course ...


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The US4028985 Patent that I find useful from Filed on Feb 17, 1976 and Published Date: Jun 14, 1977 is very interesting indeed. It's abstract states: An improved system for the determination of pitch or perceived frequency of signals generated by musical instruments or voices and for the display of the results in a format easily understood and used by ...


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My understanding of guitar tuners from Zen-on Justina Quartz Guitar Tuners and many other tuners utilize a filter means when you select which guitar string you are tuning to. This is a chromatic tuner, but it still use frequencies to translate to musical notes which I believe the 060 patent being asserted uses the same methods. There's a lot to be said on ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art 4,608,993 Priority Date: Jul 31, 1984 After looking at this, it is my personal belief that there is a very strong possibility that every claim of the '060 Patent can be invalidated by an attorney. The easiest to invalidate is Claim 13. US Patent 4,608,993 is directed to a blood flow measurement device and method. On the face of it, how ...


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I am curious to how this is NOVEL or even UNOBVIOUS. I am a recording engineer and I use common software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and others. Virtually all Digital Audio Workstations and recording software comes equipped with BandPass, Tuners, and Noise Gates. An end user could easily stumble and infringe upon this patent easily. Allow me to ...


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Non-Cited Prior Art The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing DSPGuide.com 1997-2011 This is an online, paper, hard copy publication for Digital Signal Processing. It's know as one of the defacto sources of information in relation to signal processing. Chapter 26: Target Selection Discusses several aspects and reasons why you ...


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