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About "Interactive Map" patent application by Apple Inc.

Venkatesh Raghavan
Dear All,

I think the OSGeo should express strong objection to the "Interactive Map"
patent filed by Apple on 17 Dec 2012 [1]. The contents of the patent [1]
describe features that OSGeo software already provides for over a decade.

Best

Venka

[1]
http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=%28715%2F771.CCLS.+AND+20131219.PD.%29&OS=ccl/715/771+and+pd/12/19/2013&RS=%28CCL/715/771+AND+PD/20131219%29
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Re: About "Interactive Map" patent application by Apple Inc.

Carl Reed
Venka -

I posted a blog response on:

http://patents.stackexchange.com/questions/5658/interactive-map-is-apple-trying-to-patent-40-year-old-gis-methods-patent-ap

Potential prior art goes back to the very early days of interactive GIS
applications - as early as the mid to late 1970's. I have user manuals and
design documents for some of these early systems! Similar potential prior
art for web deployed apps dates to 1993. In 2002 or so the OGC compiled an
extensive list of potential prior art related to web mapping. I published an
article in GIM magazine in 2003 or so.

Cheers

Carl


-----Original Message-----
From: Venkatesh Raghavan
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 11:05 PM
To: OSGeo Discussions ; OSGeo-Board
Subject: [Board] About "Interactive Map" patent application by Apple Inc.

Dear All,

I think the OSGeo should express strong objection to the "Interactive Map"
patent filed by Apple on 17 Dec 2012 [1]. The contents of the patent [1]
describe features that OSGeo software already provides for over a decade.

Best

Venka

[1]
http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=%28715%2F771.CCLS.+AND+20131219.PD.%29&OS=ccl/715/771+and+pd/12/19/2013&RS=%28CCL/715/771+AND+PD/20131219%29
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] About "Interactive Map" patent application by Apple Inc.

Carl Reed
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Peter -

The OGC has already compiled an extensive list of potential prior art
related to web mapping. This information was compiled in 2001-2002 in
response to MultiMap lawyers sending cease and desist orders to OGC members
who were implementing WMS. Our compiled list of possible prior art was
enough to stop that particular set of legal actions. This information was
published but is also maintained on the OGC website.

The Apple patent application is very broad. On reading the patent,
apparently Apple has never heard of the GIS industry :-) There is a group of
GIS professionals collecting possible prior art to submit to the US Patent
Office to support the community assertion that this patent should not be
granted.

Cheers

Carl


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Baumann
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 2:39 AM
To: Carl Reed OGC ; George Percivall
Cc: Venkatesh Raghavan ; OSGeo Discussions ; OSGeo-Board
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] About "Interactive Map" patent application by
Apple Inc.

Hi Carl, George,

this should be of interest to OGC as well IMHO. It might be that they patent
WMS
facets.

best,
Peter


On 12/21/2013 07:05 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> I think the OSGeo should express strong objection to the "Interactive Map"
> patent filed by Apple on 17 Dec 2012 [1]. The contents of the patent [1]
> describe features that OSGeo software already provides for over a decade.
>
> Best
>
> Venka
>
> [1]
> http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=%28715%2F771.CCLS.+AND+20131219.PD.%29&OS=ccl/715/771+and+pd/12/19/2013&RS=%28CCL/715/771+AND+PD/20131219%29
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