Curved Sensor Rights Not Ready For Sale, Inventor Says

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"Rumors that Apple and I are negotiating my curved digital sensor patent rights are paranoia," Gary Sutton claimed last night.

"I've never even met an Apple employee," Sutton said at a media event held for tech startups in Qualcomm Hall, "and haven't talked to Google either."

"Sure, we've filed on several interesting manufacturing concepts in 30 some countries. None have issued. Some of the claims will be rejected. So there's not much to talk about yet," he said.

Sutton admitted having conversations with one leading camera company, a significant smartphone brand and two sensor makers. But he stressed that these few meetings were "exploratory only, cautious and overshadowed by fear of disruptive change."

When asked why he then pursues the concept he expressed confidence that a leading brand or two will try to dominate the next decade of photography, and could succeed with these patent rights.

"Everybody gets it," Sutton said. A curved sensor makes simpler, better, cheaper and lighter lenses possible. Nobody's figured out how to make them without changing existing technology. We think we have."

"When my team invented autofocus in the 70's, he added, "I failed to sell the idea and left Honeywell. Twenty years later Minolta sent three law firms to my village Hyatt. Honeywell sued them for patent infringement. They grilled me for days. Minolta sold a factory to pay for their share of the $500 million in autofocus royalties Honeywell collected that year. Minolta was then the number one camera brand worldwide. But this began their painful, slow death in cameras. Today they're gone from cameras. I'm ashamed. Maybe if I'd been a better salesman, Minolta would be thriving today. I hope to succeed this time."

Sutton suggested interested people not contact him before viewing public disclosures on YouTube. Those four series are titled "2014: Introduction to Future Cameras", "2014: the Camera Revolution," "2014: the Super Camera" and "2014: Camera Technology Secrets."


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