Controversy over a new Microsoft patent has people questioning whether or not the intention has racist undertones, By Tech Talk, CBS News, January 9, 2012
CNET reported that Microsoft has been granted a U.S. patent that will steer pedestrians away from areas that are high in crime. … According to Microsoft’s claims, your Windows 7 smartphone would gather “information related to pedestrian travel include maps (e.g., extracted from a database), user history, weather information, crime statistics, demographic information.”… The part of this patent should raise concern is the section that state a device could be programmed to integrate an “advertisement component” with a set of directions. …
For full text of the article, visit Microsoft “avoid ghetto” patent sparks controversy – Tech Talk – CBS News.
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Apple Lied: Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking, Infosec Island, Friday, April 29, 2011
Apple’s claim that the geolocation tracking of its customers via a stealth file maintained in devices running the iOS operating system are, well, “patently” false. … Apple filed for a patent in September of 2009 titled “Location Histories for Location Aware Devices” with the intent to develop services based around the company’s ability to locate and track mobile devices running the iOS operating system. The abstract of the patent reads as follows:
“A location aware mobile device can include a baseband processor for communicating with one or more communication networks, such as a cellular network or WiFi network. In some implementations, the baseband processor can collect network information (e.g., transmitter IDs) over time. Upon request by a user or application, the network information can be translated to estimated position coordinates (e.g., latitude, longitude, altitude) of the location aware device for display on a map view or for other purposes. A user or application can query the location history database with a timestamp or other query to retrieve all or part of the location history for display in a map view.” …
For full text of the article, via Apple Lied: Filed Patent for Mobile Device Tracking.
Kevin Pomfret alerted us to the following:
Geospatial World, 07 April 2011
Rochester, US: Pictometry International Corp., aerial oblique imagery and measuring software provider, announced that the US District Court of Minnesota has summarily declared that Pictometry’s oblique aerial image capture system does not infringe on GeoSpan’s patent.
For full text of the article, visit Pictometry wins patent infringement lawsuit.
USPTO to License National Online Parcel-level Map
GeoConnexion.com, 17 March 2011, 2:05pm
United States Patent Office is set to issue BSI, patent #7,912,880 entitled “Computerized National Online Parcel-level Map Data Portal” (NPDP™). Boundary Solutions, Inc. (BSI) is pleased to announce that the United States Patent Office is set to issue to the company, patent #7,912,880 entitled “Computerized National Online Parcel-level Map Data Portal” (NPDP™) . This patent is for locating a street address by displaying the boundary of the parcel in which it is located within a national multi-state database. …
For full text of the article, visit USPTO to License National Online Parcel level Map – Geo: International.
n August 2007, Real Estate Alliance Ltd., aka REAL, filed a lawsuit against Move, Inc., the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) alleging patent infringement on two patents related to computer mapping. … “The patents describe specific methods for locating available real estate properties using a zoom-enabled map on a computer,” per court documents. (All quotes from Claim Construction Order dated 11/25/2009.)For full text of the article, click here.
For Immediate Release — Nov 11, 2008
Boundary Solutions, Inc.
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US PATENT OFFICE BROADENS TERMS OF BSI’S NPDP? PATENT
Mill Valley, CA: Boundary Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce the United States Patent Office allowed all of the pending claims in its pending application dealing with the display of parcel boundaries. This broadens the terms of U.S. Patent 7,092,957 entitled “Computerized National Online Parcel-level Map Data Portal” (NPDP) — for national multi-state location of a street address by displaying the boundary of the parcel in which it is located. This patent right accompanies all NPDP content, industry’s wholesale supply point for digital parcel map data.
According to Chris Harlow, BSI Director, ?Having presented the industry with the blueprint for an operational national parcel layer in 2002, BSI is poised to expand the NPDP? to a seamless USA parcel layer over the next 36 months for all applications.? The NPDP? is the wholesale supply point of the national digital parcel map layer. Currently containing 71 million download-ready parcel polygon boundaries from 600 jurisdictions, all content is subjected to over 30 software driven modifications and metri recordings to assure universal internal consistency and highly convenient geoserver loading regardless of platform. NPDP? content is available as downloads or on a transaction basis on either the PlaceBase and r7 geoserver platforms. BSI is implementing SEAMLESS USA, a private sector 1600 county parcel map data creation program along with a communications campaign to make all USA counties PRA compliant so BSI can deliver anaffordable-by-all current national parcel layer to industry by2011. BSI was awarded U.S. Patent 7,092,957, entitled Computerized National Online Parcel-level Map Data Portal. Claims include multi-state search to locate an address by displaying its digital parcel boundary. The original provisional patent application filing date is January 18, 2002. Boundary Solutions, BSI, Boundary Solutions logo, National ParcelMap Data Portal, NPDP, NPDP logo and Rooftop Accuracy are trademarks of BSI.