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[GizmodoUK] Apple Wins Google-Worrying Patent for Touch Screen Mobile Maps Interface Tech

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Apple Wins Google-Worrying Patent for Touch Screen Mobile Maps Interface Tech


A patent originally filed by Apple back in 2008 has just been granted by the US Patent Office, with the tech giant somehow managing to convince the authorities it should own a patent for a method of displaying maps on a touchscreen device.


http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/10/apple-wins-google-worrying-patent-for-touch-screen-mobile-maps-interface/

Oh damn.

OH DAMN.

OH DAMN.

post #2 of 32
This isn't surprising. It is apple after all.

Sent from my Nexus 7!
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How is this even possible? I feel like there's a ton of prior art that shows this exact implementation in a multitude of GPS devices.
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Great. My countries' govenment knows nothing, as usual.
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Maybe it's time for a UI refresh! rolleyes.gif these patents are getting ridiculous...
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Being a US citizen has so many doh.gif moments.
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It’s not the hugely apocalyptic attack on Google Maps you might expect, as the patent mostly focuses on Apple’s own iOS Maps touch-based interface that used to sit atop Google’s mapping data, although the concept of Apple being allowed to patent anything to do with such a basic feature as showing a map to a person on a touch display seems rather shocking.

I thought it was much worse, but it is still bad.
post #8 of 32
with this stuff that apple is doing, i hope they dig themselves into a hole that they cant get out of devil-smiley-019.gif
post #9 of 32
HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!

WHO APPROVES THESE THINGS!?


There is absolutely NO sane explanation for this. Either the patent office is a horrible series of words which would get me banned, or Apple dumped several trucks of money on them.
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post #10 of 32
Weren't GPS devices around way before 2008? Like the TomTom or whatever, the ones that sit in your car. Maybe they weren't touch screen but still.

It's almost like Apple is worth nothing if you take away their patents.
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