There appears to be no difference between the 2 APPs. So how come Uber's patent didn't prevent Lyft from stealing its ideas?

  • What patent are you referring to? Are you just assuming they have a patent on ride sharing?
    – Eric S
    Dec 30 '21 at 23:22
  • Yeah, I am just assuming. Why won't they? Dec 30 '21 at 23:29
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    Maybe because business methods are rarely patentable? Apps may be copyrighted, but the app as a whole isn’t really patentable either. Perhaps an algorithm having to do with some process in the app might be patented. Lyft would then have to avoid that.
    – Eric S
    Dec 30 '21 at 23:38
  • I did find this patent: patents.google.com/patent/US9959512B2/…. I’d have to analyze the patent to understand what is covered.
    – Eric S
    Dec 31 '21 at 0:49

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