Are patents black and white?

Photographers bristle at Amazon’s patent on photography with a white background

To amateurs, photography can seem like a pretty simple process. You set up your subject, you point your camera at it, and you push the button. But serious photographers know there is a lot more to it than that. For truly innovative photographers, like the ones at, the complex secret to exceptional photography is… a white background?

Amazon received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) covering the photography of a product in a studio with a white background. While this process certainly reflects the Amazon house style and makes for some excellent images, some professional photographers have taken umbrage with the patent itself.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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