[OSGeo-Discuss] Fw: Re: New Google Mapping Patent
crschmidt at crschmidt.net
Wed Jan 10 05:29:59 PST 2007
On Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 11:02:05AM +0000, Lester Caine wrote:
> Jo Walsh wrote:
> > * Generating and serving tiles in a digital mapping system
> > <http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220050270299%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20050270299&RS=DN/20050270299>
> Interesting point on prior art from the openstreetmap list ( who run a
> slipply map ) Dave ? pointed out that the prior art is Google itself -
> how much was working when it launched the betas in Feb 05 - the month
> BEFORE the patent application ?
The US Patent System allows you to file 'provisionals' that protect
inventions for up to a year before filing an actual patent, and this
application claims the benefits of such a provisional:
" This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional
Application Nos. (not yet known), filed Feb. 7, 2005, titled "Method and
Apparatus for Generating Tiles in a Digital Mapping System" <attorney
docket number 159164-0008 (P005Z)>, 60/567,946, filed May 3, 2004, and
60/555,501, filed Mar. 23, 2004."
So, anything that was claimed in the "Method and Apparatus for
Generating Tiles in a Digital Mapping System" is patentable if there is
no prior art before Feb, 2005.
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