This Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office!
AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON targeting messages to users based on based on distance between user and a location - This application from a self-proclaimed "Internet visionary" seeks to patent the idea of...geo-targeting messages to users! 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 1/11/2012 that discusses:
- using location between a user and a location to send messages to a user
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO a radiofrequency tags are used to identify the user
TITLE: Delivering messages to users based on their location
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method for delivering ads to users based on location: if user's device is within a predetermined distance of a location, sending the user a message.
- Publication Number: US 20130179263 A1
- Application Number: US 13/348,282
- Assignee:a self-proclaimed "Internet visionary"
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 1/11/2012
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 1/7/2014
- Link to Google Prior Art Search - "Find Prior Art"
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for linking a person to a location, the method comprising the steps of:
a computer determining that a device of a person is within a predetermined distance of a location, based on data received from the device;
the computer identifying the at least one of the person and the device, based on the received data;
the computer associating the at least one of the person and the device with the location;
the computer generating a message based on the association; and
the computer communicating the message to the person.
In English this means:
A method for delivering ads to users based on user's location:
Determine with user is within predetermined distance of a location
Identify the user or device
Associate (presumably in a database) the user with the location
Generate a message for the user and send the message to the user
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 1/11/2012
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming Using RFID tags to identify the device
"Communicating promotional content from the Applicant"
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