Patent US2016294759 protects
- A computer-implemented method comprising: synchronizing with an email service and receiving an email message via a data network; parsing content of the received email message to identify and suppress email content not related to conversational content and retaining the conversational content; reformatting the received email message to include the conversational content in a chat style format as an expressive conversation; making the expressive conversation available to a client email application; and presenting the expressive conversation to a user via the client email application.
a.k.a. designing an email app to work like a messenger (it was originally filed by the developer company of this app but was apparently transferred to someone else now).
I had the same idea, found their app and then their patent but would still like to build my own app, the way I image it to be. Would I violate this patent when leaving out the
parsing content of the received email message to identify and suppress email content not related to conversational content and retaining the conversational content
part in my app – i.e. does the patent protect the general concept of an email messenger, or only all the aspects described therein in combination?
If so, there seems to be a U.S. patent only (I found no patent family members, cf. here). I found this thread addressing the issue but its answer remained pretty vague. Could Apple throw my app out if their app store because they're a U.S.-based company, even if I specifically choose not to distribute my app to U.S. users?
Also, I found multiple other apps doing the same thing; is there any way of finding out whether they have licensing deals, e.g. by looking at their annual reports or something?:
Thanks in advance!