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Canon Applies to Patent Drone Gimbal

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It was about five years ago that Canon’s first camera drone efforts came to light with the PD6E2000-AW-CJ1. The >$20,000 drone appeared to be targeted to the security market rather than professional (nevermind consumer) photographers.  And then the product – really a drone made by Prodrone, one of Canon’s side investments – quietly disappeared.

Now we see from a patent application that Canon continues to work on the underlying systems technology, this one involving a gimbal for a small camera on a quadcopter that allows for two-axis freedom of movement while maintaining electronic connections. This invention is scaled to serve a consumer-level camera, such as those small-sensor cameras already used on most drones.

The patent’s inventor, Shinji Obana, has been responsible for several Canon patents involving moving components that require continuous electronic information flow.

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Editors: They didn’t “patent” anything any more than one who makes the Olympic team should be reported as having won a gold medal. There’s a big differemce between a published application and a granted patent. Massive.

As a professional patent attorney (and patented inventor in the camera space) with decades of optics expertise I’m on call at no charge to help avoid making these embarrassing but common journalistic blunders.

If you can’t link a patent, it ain’t patented.
 

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Editors: They didn’t “patent” anything any more than one who makes the Olympic team should be reported as having won a gold medal. There’s a big differemce between a published application and a granted patent. Massive.
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We get it, and you're right. But the point is these published applications show areas in which Canon is working (or seeking to prevent others from working). That's the take home message and the relevant subject for discussion. What claims are ultimately granted, if any, are basically irrelevant as far as this forum goes...much like your repeated corrections to these sorts of threads.
 
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Editors: They didn’t “patent” anything any more than one who makes the Olympic team should be reported as having won a gold medal. There’s a big differemce between a published application and a granted patent. Massive.

As a professional patent attorney (and patented inventor in the camera space) with decades of optics expertise I’m on call at no charge to help avoid making these embarrassing but common journalistic blunders.

If you can’t link a patent, it ain’t patented.
Ack, you're right. I see this usage mistake made frequently, and I perpetrated it myself. I actually married a patent attorney too. Fixed.
 
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LogicExtremist

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I'm just thinking how Canon would cripple a drone? :unsure:
Would they limit flight range or flight time in firmware? An 'overheat' timer perhaps?
Maybe just restrict the video output artificially???
When the only tool you have is a Canon cripple hammer, every photo and video product looks like a nail that needs market segmentation! :oops:
 

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Editors: They didn’t “patent” anything any more than one who makes the Olympic team should be reported as having won a gold medal. There’s a big differemce between a published application and a granted patent. Massive.

As a professional patent attorney (and patented inventor in the camera space) with decades of optics expertise I’m on call at no charge to help avoid making these embarrassing but common journalistic blunders.

If you can’t link a patent, it ain’t patented.
Every year, Canon issues a press release bragging about the number of new patents that they have, so they know how to get a patent approved.

 

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I'm just thinking how Canon would cripple a drone? :unsure:
Would they limit flight range or flight time in firmware? An 'overheat' timer perhaps?
Maybe just restrict the video output artificially???
When the only tool you have is a Canon cripple hammer, every photo and video product looks like a nail that needs market segmentation! :oops:
Maybe the drone could be crippled by a very light battery, thus giving minimal run time. Oh wait that’s been done before...
 
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LogicExtremist

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Maybe the drone could be crippled by a very light battery, thus giving minimal run time. Oh wait that’s been done before...
Can a company rip off another company's cripple hammers to limit their products, or are they patented too? Mr patent attorney, this is one for you! :)