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(Patexia)   Non-practicing entity Crowd Sourced Traffic sues Waze and Tomtom over a vague mapping patent   (patexia.com) divider line 9
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2012-10-29 09:22:41 AM
Okay, WHAT?
 
2012-10-29 10:39:28 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Okay, WHAT?


Patent trolls try to destroy commercial GPS navigation systems
 
2012-10-29 10:53:16 AM
these farkers better not mess with waze. that shiat is a godsend.
 
2012-10-29 12:02:46 PM
Can we all agree that patent trolls need to be shot on sight?
 
2012-10-29 02:02:50 PM

labman: Can we all agree that patent trolls need to be shot on sight?


No, that wouldn't hurt enough. Unless you're using rock salt rounds.
 
2012-10-29 09:14:34 PM

Lost Thought 00: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Okay, WHAT?

Patent trolls try to destroy commercial GPS navigation systems


More specifically, patent trolls try to destroy any GPS navigation systems that in any way rely on info sourced from users.

(And whilst TomTom and Waze are the only ones who've been sued so far by the patent trolls in question, it'd potentially affect a LOT more if the patent troll gets a win--iGO, potentially parts of Google Maps, possibly even map correction submissions in CoPilot Live and any other mapping programs using data from Navteq OR Teleatlas (the latter of which is owned by TomTom; Navteq and Teleatlas have generally been the two Big Fish before Google Maps came along, and if they go after Navtequ this could affect things as diverse as Garmn GPSrs and Microsoft Streets and Trips), Sygic...pretty much ANY major provider other than the US Geological Survey that provides maps to GPS makers, because they ALL rely on crowd-sourcing to some extent.)

Methinks the patent trolls just went after the two "biggest fish" as far as smartphone GPS programs go (which would explain why they haven't yet gone after Garmin--I'm a little surprised Google hasn't yet been targeted, though, and I'm very surprised the maintainers of the OSM project haven't been hit)--the good news is (at least in terms of the Waze lawsuit, which would be the more worrying of the two--TomTom has its own packs of feral lawyers ready) even the normally patent-troll-friendly courts are going "OK, WTF, quit trying to pull a fast one on us". Apparently there ARE limits as to how far a patent troll can go :D
 
2012-10-29 11:03:59 PM
War. War never changes.
 
2012-10-30 04:35:46 PM

labman: Can we all agree that patent trolls need to be shot on sight?


But I needs mah iPads!!!
 
2012-10-31 01:43:45 AM

labman: Can we all agree that patent trolls need to be shot on sight?


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