[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: [Geowanking] Apple patents "dynamic presention of location-specific information "

Chris Puttick chris.puttick at thehumanjourney.net
Tue Mar 10 00:08:02 PDT 2009

I believe the appropriate term in reference to this patent is "prior art" - not only has similar and more advanced technology been described by science fiction authors for decades, but there are the wireless devices used in a number of museums which provide information about the exhibit you are near to. Then again, conceptually, it is clearly a minor variant on points of interests on maps and therefore covers all mobile GPS devices. I think people in Apple are being targeted to submit patent applications.

If this one doesn't fail in the US patent system I will personally fight it to the death before it gets accepted in Europe...


----- "Landon Blake" <lblake at ksninc.com> wrote:

> My favorite line from the patent application: 
> "The many features and advantages of the present invention are
> apparent
> from the written description. Further, since numerous modifications
> and
> changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, the invention
> should not be limited to the exact construction and operation as
> illustrated and described. Hence, all suitable modifications and
> equivalents may be resorted to as falling within the scope of the
> invention."
> It sounds like there are talking about some pretty fundamental ideas
> in
> the patent. Still, this is a rather cutting edge area of technology,
> so
> maybe this hasn't been done before?
> Still, it sounds like trying to patent the first drive-through
> restaurant. Don't know that there is a huge amount of innovation
> going
> on here.
> I'd think other companies interested in mobile applications (like
> Google
> and Microsoft) would be all over this patent application.
> Landon
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: geowanking-bounces at geowanking.org
> [mailto:geowanking-bounces at geowanking.org] On Behalf Of Mike Liebhold
> Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 2:43 PM
> To: geowanking at geowanking.org
> Subject: [Geowanking] Apple patents "dynamic presention of
> location-specific information "
> Hmmm - this demands closer inspection.
> "United States Patent Application 20090063293, entitled Dynamic 
> Presentation of Location-Specific Information, seeks to patent
> "improved
> approaches to allow a portable electronic device to dynamically
> present 
> location-specific information while the portable electronic device is
> at
> a predetermined location... In one embodiment, the portable electronic
> device has a display that can display the location-specific
> information 
> and has wireless capabilities for use in receiving the
> location-specific
> information from the server. The location-specific information can,
> for 
> example, augment other information that is to be presented on the 
> display. In one embodiment, the location-specific information can be 
> information pertaining to a media item being played in an
> establishment,
> such as a store, where the portable electronic device is located."
> [ full patent text here: http://bit.ly/wYHme ]
> comments?
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