[OSGeo-Discuss] About "Interactive Map" patent application by Apple Inc.

Peter Baumann p.baumann at jacobs-university.de
Tue Jan 7 10:53:31 PST 2014

thanks for highlighting, Carl! Should be interesting for the community 
discussing here to know, what you mention below might turn out good material 
also for OSGeo when it comes to a discussion about the state of the art.

(Ya know, back in the 90s I stumbled over a patent by Microsoft about multiple 
B-Trees - exactly something I had been asked in my oral diploma exam a decade 
back :) ).


On 01/02/2014 07:28 PM, Carl Reed wrote:
> Peter -
> The OGC has already compiled an extensive list of potential prior art related 
> to web mapping. This information was compiled in 2001-2002 in response to 
> MultiMap lawyers sending cease and desist orders to OGC members who were 
> implementing WMS. Our compiled list of possible prior art was enough to stop 
> that particular set of legal actions. This information was published but is 
> also maintained on the OGC website.
> The Apple patent application is very broad. On reading the patent, apparently 
> Apple has never heard of the GIS industry :-) There is a group of GIS 
> professionals collecting possible prior art to submit to the US Patent Office 
> to support the community assertion that this patent should not be granted.
> Cheers
> Carl
> -----Original Message----- From: Peter Baumann
> Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2013 2:39 AM
> To: Carl Reed OGC ; George Percivall
> Cc: Venkatesh Raghavan ; OSGeo Discussions ; OSGeo-Board
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] About "Interactive Map" patent application by 
> Apple Inc.
> Hi Carl, George,
> this should be of interest to OGC as well IMHO. It might be that they patent WMS
> facets.
> best,
> Peter
> On 12/21/2013 07:05 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I think the OSGeo should express strong objection to the "Interactive Map"
>> patent filed by Apple on 17 Dec 2012 [1]. The contents of the patent [1]
>> describe features that OSGeo software already provides for over a decade.
>> Best
>> Venka
>> [1] 
>> http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=%28715%2F771.CCLS.+AND+20131219.PD.%29&OS=ccl/715/771+and+pd/12/19/2013&RS=%28CCL/715/771+AND+PD/20131219%29
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