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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Athletic: ‘You can’t own an idea’: Attempt to patent a baseball stat surprises community [$]

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The first claim on the QOP patent is a long one, but you can read the whole thing if you like. You might notice that the claim begins with the mention of a ton of hardware, hardware that would be familiar to anyone who has followed along as Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media (MLBAM) arm has installed PITCHf/x, TrackMan, and then Hawk-Eye systems in order to improve the quality of their data. SportVision’s PITCHf/x is a video-based system, TrackMan is a doppler radar system, and Hawk-Eye is an “imaging system.”

The QOP patent describes a process that goes all the way from hardware to a display system, much like baseball’s statistics on BaseballSavant come all the way from the Hawk-Eye sensors to a “real-time” display system. Does it matter that MLBAM’s partners already have patents on their hardware, and that MLBAM has been able to produce real-time pitch ratings from those sensors for years? In 2010, they made available a statistic called “Nasty Factor” that combines velocity, sequence, location and movement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2020 at 09:52 AM | 19 comment(s)
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