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Apple, Google sued over iOS Maps’ Street View

Apple and Google have been sued by Florida-based PanoMap over the iOS’ implementation of Google Maps’ Street View feature. PaidContent reports that the complaint, filed in federal court in Orlando, claims that implementation violates a PanoMap patent related to an “Interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images”. The suit seeks damages with interest from both parties, as well as attorney fees and costs.

From the patent abstract: “A method and system for indicating the camera position, direction, and field of view in a map or panoramic image comprises a map image window which displays a map or panoramic image of the site to be studied (house, apartment, city, etc.). A detailed view window displays a portion of the map image, taken from a point in the site. A highlighted sector in the map image represents the viewing position, direction, and field of view that the detailed view window displays. When the user changes the field of view in the detailed view window, the highlighted sector in the map image changes in synchronism. The resulting interactive windows allow a person to easily and quickly view and understand the field of view, position, and direction of the image being displayed in the detail view window.” [via TUAW]

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Comments

1

They were allowed to patent “looking at something”?

I hope they lose and then sue the person that granted the patent application.

Posted by Anthony H. on February 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM (PDT)

2

@1: Unfortunately, won’t happen. The entire patent system has become a joke. They grant patent after patent on nothing but *concepts* even though independent searches typically find hundreds of already existing patents that overlap the latest “original” idea.

They need to just throw it out and go back to the way it used to work: you lay out *exactly* what your *tech* is, and that’s what people can’t copy, because what we have now is not a bunch of people all trying to build better mouse traps, it’s a bunch of people fighting in the courts to determine who has the best lawyer saying they *own* the idea of a mouse trap.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM (PDT)

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