[OSGeo-Discuss] Help on patent infringement claim

SERGIO ACOSTAYLARA sergio.acostaylara at mtop.gub.uy
Fri Apr 8 10:30:25 PDT 2016

A really worrisome topic...

Sergio Acosta y Lara
Departamento de Geomática
Dirección Nacional de Topografía
Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas
De: Discuss <discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> en nombre de Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com>
Enviado: viernes, 08 de abril de 2016 12:56
Para: andrea antonello
Cc: ML osgeo discuss
Asunto: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Help on patent infringement claim

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 date.

Jody Garnett

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

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