I'm working on app not similar to Uber, but one that also facilitates peer-to-peer economic activity. However, I recently came across a patent filed by Uber, entitled
"Providing a summary or receipt for on-demand services through use of portable computing devices"
Here is the abstract:
A method for providing a service summary or receipt on a computing device is provided. One or more processors determine information for a service rendered for a user. The information includes a cost for the service, a type of service performed, and a person who performed the service. A summary receipt panel is provided on a display of the computing device and includes the information for the service rendered. The one or more processors provide, on the summary receipt panel, a map that identifies a location relevant to the service rendered and a feedback feature that enables the user to rate the service received.
I'm baffled that this could even be patented at all. Regardless, how can I ensure that the receipts in my app do not infringe on this [ridiculous] patent? Is it enough to not use a map in the receipt, or to not include the feedback widget, etc?
On a more general note, and the title of this question - **is it at all possible to avoid software patent infringement? ** By now it would seem everything you can think of is patented.