PanoMap Sues Apple, Google over StreetView-type Map Display Patent

PanoMap, based in Florida, filed a patent infringement case against Apple and Google last week.  It's really about the display of data, not the capture and thus the allegations are against big users of these types of display.

The patent, US No. 6,563,529, was filed back in 1999 and issued in 2003. There are a total of 28 claims in the patent, but the broadest of them essentially cover a mapping system that displays a wide map view in combination with a more detailed view of location specifics. The claims also require synchronization of the two views. 
As I see it, the invention here is what I call "active overview maps" and I have to believe there may be prior art from desktop GIS, if not a sense of obviousness.
- see also MacObserver

Published Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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