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sydneylocks 2 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 18, 2014 5:28 PM Member since: Mar 24, 2003
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    Do something about your damn maps

    by magnaviator Jun 16, 2014 4:50 PM
    sydneylocks sydneylocks Jun 18, 2014 5:28 PM Flag

    Tiny Tim just isn't the man Jobs was, instead of fixing a mission critical component of apple's entire strategy, he goes off and buys a .... headphone maker for 3B? One of those #$%$ moments that tells you something is seriously wrong.

  • sydneylocks sydneylocks Jun 12, 2014 10:24 AM Flag

    Very strategic purchases, my read on this, they're not only building out Here maps as an alternative to Google's but also reinforcing their mapping IP to go after Googlemaps,directly... which means a general push against Android IP infringers may be very close indeed.
    Nokia's Mapping Patents Predate The Existence Of Google Itself

    This could be a rather difficult fight for Google. Nokia is starting to flex its patent muscles in the mapping arena. And at least some of its patents predate the existence of Google itself, meaning that Google is going to find it difficult to claim priority. The big question will be not about this first case though: it’ll be about what Nokia has in reserve for later on:

    “The patent Nokia is asserting in that German lawsuit is EP0766811 on an “electronic navigation system and method”. The patent has a June 1994 priority date, proving that Nokia was working on mapping and navigation software years before Google was even founded.

    Claim 1 covers the following basic concept:

    1. A method of transmitting route directions in a compact form, comprising the steps of:

    (a) generating a first set of maneuver arms for providing a graphical representation of a calculated route to be taken by a vehicle through an intersection and geometric representations of a plurality of segments of roads to be traveled about an intersection along the route, wherein the intersection is an origin, and said representations of each of said plurality of segments of roads starts at the origin and radiates outward to an endpoint Xi, Yi to approximate the angles at which the roads approach the intersection, to depict a first intersection on a display, each maneuver arm of the first set of maneuver arms being represented by at least one endpoint;

    There’s more at Florian Mueller’s of course.

    That does indeed look like they’re claiming a patent over the electronic method of providing directions from stored maps. And assuming that the patent is valid that would put rathe

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