AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Search results based on user location and whether stores are open or closed nearby - This application from Inrix, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...determining a user's location and giving search results which depend on whether stores are open nearby! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 2/29/2012 that discusses:
- User location to modify search results and using provider (e.g. store) availability to modify search results
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - Search results based on whether store is open, ETA for user to visit store, and route user would take to visit store
TITLE: Organization of search results based upon availability of respective providers.
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for providing search results to a user based on the user's location and whether the providers nearby (within any "temporal or geographic proximity" to the user) are open or closed
- Publication Number: US 20130226915 A1
- Application Number: US 13/407,841
- Assignee: Inrix, Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 2/29/2012
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 2/25/2014
- Link to Google Prior Art Search - "Find Prior Art"
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for providing one or more search results comprising:
receiving a query;
determining a location of a user performing the query; and
providing one or more search results for presentation based upon the query, the search results indicative of one or more providers within at least one of a temporal and a geographic proximity of the location, and the search results provided as a function of whether the one or more providers are available.
In English this means:
A method for providing search results, comprising:
Receiving a query from user;
Determining user's location; and
Presenting search results to the user indicating one or more providers in spatial or temporal proximity, where the search results are a function of whether the providers are available.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 2/29/2012
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming modifying search results by determining whether provider store is open, whether it is nearby user based on user's location, and current ETA for user to visit the provider store.
"Location and nearby stores are used to modify search results" from the Applicant
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