Tuesday, February 28th 2012

Google and Apple Sued over 'Street View' feature

The lawyer armies of both Google and Apple have yet another battle on their hands as last week one PanoMap Technologies, LLC, a virtually unknown company based in Florida, sued both of them for patent infringement.

Filed in Orlando federal court, PanoMap's complaint claims that the Street View feature of the Google Maps iOS app violates US Patent No. 6,563,529. This patent is entitled "Interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images" and it describes "A method and system for indicating the camera position, direction, and field of view in a map or panoramic image comprises a map image window which displays a map or panoramic image of the site to be studied (house, apartment, city, etc.)."

The 6,563,529 patent was given to scientist Jerry Jongerius back in 2003 and was transferred to Empire IP in 2011. PanoMap got a hold of it (through another transfer, gotta love this) only this month (on February 14th to be exact).

PanoMap says Google and Apple were aware of their infringement and wants triple damages.Source: paidContent
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12 Comments on Google and Apple Sued over 'Street View' feature

#1
Munki
Really? What is next? Some little piss-ant software developer going to sue T.I. for making a virtual calculator that does addition? I guess that is kind of a bad example, but the point is that the whole suing situations going around lately needs to stop. Can we have a single day without company A suing company B over some stupid shit?
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#2
xenocide
United States Patent System -- Busted like a $2 Hooker.
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#3
THE_EGG
Am I the only one to think of Load Line Calibration when the article mentioned LLC?
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#4
qwerty_lesh
hahahaha triple damages. all they'll receive (imo) is triple flip offs instead.
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#5
jpierce55
If that scientist was the one suing people I would say fair is fair, this is nonsense.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: jpierce55
If that scientist was the one suing people I would say fair is fair, this is nonsense.
Because your a new owner of some thing you should not be able to sue them ?.. WTF

Hope they sue the crap out of them.. Even more so if the knew they were doing it.. Ever thought the other guy did not have the funds to sue them both there fore sold it to some one who could..
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#7
m1dg3t
So after what, 4 maybe 5 years of this feature being used in Google map's these people decide to sue? Late to the party much :confused:

This company must be another one of Apple's shell's just trying to get back at Google for the recent :nutkick:
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ASharp
by: m1dg3t
This company must be another one of Apple's shell's just trying to get back at Google for the recent :nutkick:
I don't know if you read the article or not but the article clearly states that this company is suing Apple is well. If the case you state is true, why would Apple sue themselves? :confused:
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#9
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
This is why we love the google street view

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#10
Static~Charge
In light of this, I need to start suing everyone for violating my patent: the application of processed cellose to remove unwanted matter from the buttocks.
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#11
micropage7
why many brands prefer take it to the court? the answer is simple: money
so its better for them leave the other cross their patent and then sue them
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#12
Depth
by: micropage7
why many brands prefer take it to the court? the answer is simple: money
so its better for them leave the other cross their patent and then sue them
Yep. The longer they wait with suing, the higher the "damages" get.
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