[OSGeo-Discuss] Patent for feature of paper map.

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at crschmidt.net
Fri Aug 7 10:52:14 PDT 2009

On Fri, Aug 07, 2009 at 08:14:10AM -0600, Bill Thoen wrote:
> You might be surprised what people might be able to get away with,  
> though. There's been repeated attempts to patent "web mapping" for  
> example, and if it wasn't for the efforts of a few dedicated people,  
> there would now be patents in both Britain and the USA on displaying  
> maps over the web. But the threat is not dead yet, believe it or not,  
> and it may culminate in a battle between Microsoft and Google sometime  
> in the near future. Check out Daniel Morissette's blog entry for Feb 21,  
> 2009, "Microsoft Patents the Map" at http://www.systemed.net/blog/?p=68.  
> If Microsoft really uses the Multimap patent to put the bite on Google,  
> then you can bet your bippy that it'll affect your web mapping business  
> too.

Er, that blog is written by Richard Fairhurst.


Christopher Schmidt
Web Developer

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