[OSGeo-Discuss] Help on patent infringement claim

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 08:56:26 PDT 2016

That is terrible Andrea, and not at all off topic - it is one of the
reasons we have OSGeo as as software foundation.  I also really respect the
open innovation network and their approach.

While I have built a couple systems as you describe they were after to 2000

Jody Garnett

On 8 April 2016 at 06:09, andrea antonello <andrea.antonello at gmail.com>

> Dear all,
> this might be slightly off-topic (I think not).
> In a couple of companies a few years ago we developed a fleet tracking
> software all based on open source software.
> The mobile android part is basically a customization of geopaparazzi, the
> server side base on the usual open webmapping stuff (bare with me on this
> oversemplification).
> The project had some internal issues and we never really came to an
> official release, even if the website went online to be used for commercial
> purposes.
> A few weeks ago we were contacted by one of those "innovating" companies
> that do nothing else than buying patents and search project from which they
> can gather money.
> Needless to say that our project has been targeted.
> HydroloGIS, our company, is part of the Open Invention Network, so we
> first asked them for support. It is obvious that a small company as ours
> gets scared quickly from a letter claiming patent infringement and possible
> litigations.
> We are now trying to document the (very superficial) claims we got (like
> having a map - Openstreetmap - visualized on a device), as OIN suggested us
> to. One more thing we have been asked, is to gather as many articles,
> scientific or not, that deal with what the patent claims and that might be
> dated before the patent's date (patent has been filed in 09/2000 and
> granted in 11/2007).
> I know it is a long shot, but maybe some of you have already had to do
> with this and might be able to help, send some references.
> For reference the patents are:
> US 6754580 B1
> EP 1218697 B1
> Basically it is a system to track vehicles made up of a client (mobile
> device) and a server application.
> If you have papers, articles, anything related to that at hand, please let
> me know.
> Thanks for any help,
> Cheers,
> Andrea
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