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Patent holder claims to own location search eWhisper
The patent describes an internet search functionality in which users can locate a topic or business based on their location. If you've ever looked for a nearby doctor or plumber online using your ZIP code or city, according to Geomas, the site you used likely infringed upon the patent.
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If this patent is upheld, it will have some far reaching implications.
As technology moves forward and changes markets completely we will see SO many more patent disputes. Not a bad time at all to be an attorney with technical knowledge of the net. Robert Charlton
Fascinating article.... Geomas founder:
"We aren't necessarily looking to sue as our main business, but realistically I think that's going to have to happen."
Related to technology moving forward...
The patent appears broad and obvious today, but was filed in 1996, before internet search became so commonplace. Roughly 100 companies, including Verizon, cite '474 as prior art in their own patents.
Unlike many of those other companies, however, Geomas hasn't created a working technology based on the patent, which Perkins said could give defendants an advantage in court.