[OSGeo-Discuss] Help on patent infringement claim

andrea antonello andrea.antonello at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 23:17:08 PDT 2016

Thanks to everybody that gave contributions to this.

I will post some updates.


On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM, SERGIO ACOSTAYLARA <
sergio.acostaylara at mtop.gub.uy> wrote:

> 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>
> 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,
>> Cheers,
>> Andrea
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