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Gura Gear Settles Lawsuit with Peak Design
If you have followed Kickstarter or photography in the last year then no doubt you have heard about the Everyday Messenger Bag from Peak Design. The bag broke the record as far as the amount of support it received and the eventual buzz around it. But it seems that not all was rainbows and unicorns.
It was discovered this week that Gura Gear had settled a lawsuit that it brought against Peak Design over some design patents it acquired in its recent Tamrac merger/acquisition. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed. But we do know, somewhat, what the dispute was about.
The Tamrac patent states:
“A container for facilitating rapid access to the interior of the container to remove articles from the container, comprising: a. a generally rectangular body having a base, two end walls and two sidewalls respectively interconnected at their adjacent edges to adjacent edges of the two end walls, the walls extending upwardly from the base to form the body with a top opening; b. a side closure flap attached to a respective one of said two sidewalls and secured against the respective one of said two sidewalls by fastener means, the side closure flap adapted to span over and covering said top opening of said body and forming a top when the side closure flap is in a closed position; and c. said top of said side closure flap having full length double zipper means for opening or closing said top to gain access to the interior of said body; d. whereby the interior of said body of said container is accessed by either flipping over said side closure flap to an open position or unzipping said double zipper means on said top of said body to access the interior through said top opening of said body of said container.”
It’s pretty clear that the Everyday Messenger bag runs up against a couple of those things listed in the patent. But, the Everyday Messenger bag will be available very soon, and Peak Design has not announced any changes to that, so it would seem the settlement must have had some sort of license or profit sharing going forward for Peak Design.
It will be interesting to see if any changes are made to the bag or the pricing to compensate for what whatever settlement terms Peak Design agreed to.
New PhotoJojo ‘Iris’ Phone Lenses
While most of us would never utilize our phone cameras for professional use, they can still be a fun tool while out and about to capture interesting happenings. One way to get more creative while out and about with your phone is by utilizing add-on lenses to change what your camera sees.
Photojojo has just announced their new line of phone lenses, and they actually look pretty interesting. Named ‘Iris’, the new line of smartphone lenses contains fisheye, macro, and wide angle lens options for your creative glory.
The lenses themselves will go on sale individually for $59 each (not exactly cheap for a phone accessory), or you can grab the three pack containing all of the lenses in the lineup for just $109 (essentially buy two, get one free).
I have never been one to use these sort of slip on lenses much. But that said, these can make for great gifts to the younger generation who are known to enjoy these sort of phone add-ons. They ship out the week of December 14th, so getting them before Christmas may be tight, but it’s an idea!
Samsung Officially Pulls Out of Germany
All the talk about Samsung closing up shop in their camera business seems to have been true… in Germany, at least. In an official statement made to fotoMAGAZIN (a German publication), the company stated that this reflects sales in the area and affects only Germany.
In Germany, we have been observing for some time a gradual decline in demand for digital cameras, camcorders and related accessories. We have to adapt to the demands of the market and have therefore decided to phase out sales and marketing of these products gradually. This is a decision that affects only the German market.
It may be the case that this only affects Germany at this time, but it is concerning for Samsung adopters around the world who now have to wonder… are we next? It’s like working at a job where a co-worker has been let go, you get assurances that you are on solid footing with the company, but in the back of your mind, you wonder about your own job security.
It is not a good situation to be in, that is for sure. I am very curious to see if we will start seeing other Samsung markets get shuttered, or if this really does stick to just Germany.
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