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

Bob Basques bob.b at gritechnologies.com
Tue Jan 9 19:54:01 PST 2007

Hmmm, I don't know how to reply to this, exactly.  It's going to sound 
like I'm tooting my own horn, but . . .

I actually have a tiled based application from 98 or 99 ( that I think 
it is still running to, I'll check tomorrow)  It's on the basic side 
related to Googles stuff, but it worked very nicely for the time it was 
built.  There are sure to be others out there somewhere.  I can't 
believe my concoction was the only stuff out there doing stuff like this.


Christopher Schmidt wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 02:47:01PM -0200, Paulo Marcondes wrote:
>> 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?
> I'm not aware of any web interface which sent requests for batches of
> tiles before Google Maps. The ones I'm aware of now are:
>  * OpenLayers, originally started working on around Where 2.0 1
>  * ka-Map, started around the same time -- after February 2005 (patent)
>  * MapGuide, I think, which has tile batch requests
>  * I've heard info about ESRI's new stuff doing the same thing.
> So, as far as the first claim of the patent that Google was granted 
> ("Digital Mapping Service" or whatever), I'm not aware of anything that
> predates their patent application in Feb 2005. I certainly know that it
> seemed novel to everyone when it came out. 
> Regards,
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