Earlier this year, Amazon patented a shooting set-up.
The key to the patent being accepted seems to be that the set-up is said to produce perfect product photos that include a slight drop-shadow and need no post-processing. Not a simple task.
Some say Amazon patented the set-up preemptively, to avoid future challenges to its workflow. Many think it is unenforceable, as any slight change evades infringement. Others think it a waste of patent office time and money.
As photographers and artists, should we care about it? Can we learn from it?