This information is a clarification for:
Like all of us, they have limited time and resources. While prior art searches can be time consuming – we have decided to make it easier on them.
Customers and partners:
Some have received nasty messages with “exclusivity” threats – this is to show you that those are false.
Who are we?
RunnerScanner is owned and run by software engineers and has been in the photography and software business since 2007. The research and development of automated photo tagging solution has begun in 2009. In 2012 – we have launched our automated detection system consists of 2D barcode-like matrices (“barcodes”).
The barcodes consist of black and white “pixels” surrounded by black frame and by a white frame. Those barcodes are printed on participants bibs / helmet stickers / neck tags etc. Photos taken in the event are scanned, tagged, branded and organized into personal albums / video clips and uploaded to social networks. Since 2012 we have printed hundreds of thousands of barcodes for public events and processed millions of photos taken with them.
Fantastic! what’s the problem then?
In 2015 one of our competitors has applied for a patent on our activity in a brutal attempt to sabotage our integrity and business. They knew we are out there for years but have chosen not to mention that in their application. They also sent out nasty letters to our customers (!) with misleading information and “exclusive copyright” warnings. While most people can tell the attempt, others may believe.
What is prior art?
Prior art is any evidence that your invention is already known. Prior art is the very first and basic test to any patent application. Like every search – prior art searches are limited to the amount of time and effort invested in them and a simple google search may revel evidences that were not found on other circles. More on prior art from the European Patent Office: https://www.epo.org/learning-events/materials/inventors-handbook/novelty/prior-art.html
Patent examiner / customer / partner / soon to become one,
Thanks for taking a few moments to review this information. A clear prior art case is shown here with the samples below. We will be happy to supply more samples / explanations / anything required to eliminate any doubt you might have. Feel free to contact us here.
Pre 2014 prior art samples: