In reference to the patent application: WO2002091307A9
This is an international patent application which claims a method for issuing over the internet a ticket, wherein the ticket contains a barcode in an image file format.
What's more, we have just received a letter from Ticketogo Limited inviting us to take a license and indicating that others have already done the same:
To a layman (non-legal person), this just seems such an "obvious" solution and I can't see how it could be patentable. Perhaps this is only naivety or hindsight.
I wonder if anyone else has had similar demands world wide?
And/or ideas about whether there is any prior art, or how we can show this is invalid, etc? Or even if it is indeed valid?
A method for issuing a ticket to a user of a communication interface for communicating with a data server over a publicly accessible communication network (4) and formatting data received from the server (7) and of a printer (10) capable of printing information formatted by the communication interface, the method comprising: generating a code number for the ticket; formatting an image file of an image file format, the image file representing an image in that format of a bar code corresponding to the code number; and providing to the communication interface over the publicly accessible communication network (4) by means of a data server ticket data defining the appearance of a ticket, the ticket data including the image file.