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|Subject: ||MobileLBSList: Patent claims|
||09/08/2000 03:39:07 PM|
|I wanted to see what others thought of this seemingly endless stream of|
frivolous patent claims by technology companies. How can the government
continue to grant patent licenses to companies who clearly have not
developed a proprietary or even, unique, technology? Some examples:
* Amazon.com's "One click" ordering
* Priceline.com's process of "naming your price" for items
* Geoworks patent on using generic markup to format display on a wide
variety of devices - which led to their patent claims on WAP.
...and this gem from Cell-Loc (which affects LBS):
From May 2000:
"Dr. Michel Fattouche, president and CEO, Cell-Loc Inc. (TSE:CLQ), is
pleased to announce that the U.S. patent office has conditionally allowed
Cell-Loc to claim the delivery of handset-based wireless location content
and services over the Internet as its property, regardless of technological
method employed. This same patent application has been filed worldwide. "
Regardless of technological method employed?!? How is this possible?
Someone wiser than me please help me understand!!!
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