Google and Microsoft sued over interwebs street maps
Patent attacks Street View. And Street View knockoff
A tiny Louisiana-based company has accused Microsoft, Google, and AOL of infringing on its 3D imaging patents in their various street mapping efforts.
According to TG Daily, Transcenic claims that Google's Street View, Microsoft's StreetSide, and AOL's Mapquest infringes on its patent describing a system for "spatial referenced photographic system with navigation arrangement". The patent was filed in 2000 and granted in 2006.
Microsoft and Google declined to comment on the case.
Earlier this year, Microsoft and Google teamed up to sue a tiny company called GeoTag that has gone after more than 300 customers of Google and Bing Maps. GeoTag claimed that the customers had infringed on a patent it owns for using mapping services to create store locators.
Microsoft and Google want the court to rule their customers do not infringe on the patent. You can see a summary of the case, here. ®
Submarines, Submarines Everywhere!
And lazy-assed USPTO bureaucrats looking forward to a nice pension package courtesy of the taxpayer, waving arbitary crap through that has been described a least a thousand times before in cheap "cyber" technothrillers.
Ain't the world a great place!
I hope when the 3 monopolies ...
God bless the patent system
Can you imagine that, without the whole patent system, these wonderful innovations would never have been invented, since without patent protection it would not have been worth it to research them?
Mine's the one with the biography of Edison in the pocket.