[OSGeo-Discuss] Fw: Re: New Google Mapping Patent

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Tue Jan 9 08:54:33 PST 2007

I wonder if the OSGeo could set up a group to review US patent applications filed for geospatial technologies and applications.

I'm not sure how many of these types of patents are filed every week, but it would be nice to have a group of experts looking over the patent office's shoulder.

Then again, Autodesk might not be too hot about the idea of the OSGeo reviewing its patent applications for geospatial applications.

Just a thought...

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Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 8:47 AM
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Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Fw: Re: New Google Mapping Patent

2007/1/9, Mateusz Loskot <mateusz at loskot.net>:
> Jo Walsh wrote:
> >    * Visually-oriented driving directions in digital mapping system
> >    * Combined map scale and measuring tool
> I don't know how to comment it. I'm in shock!
> It seems there is no way to stop this "crazy" race of patents.

I guess is up to the guys in the US to show prior art, at least they
are in a position to file the relevant  docs.

Autodesk should be quite aware of that, since they have software in that niche.

Also, does not UMN Mapserver predates google on this?

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