Apple recently filed for an "Interactive Map" patent that in every way resembles a collection of technologies and methods known as "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS). 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
Claim 1 in particular has been in active use by the GIS community for over 40 years:
A method for displaying a map on a computing device, comprising:
Storing information to be displayed on the map in a memory of the computing device, the stored information comprising a plurality of different layers of information, wherein each layer contains a respective type of information;
Displaying a map on a display of the computing device, the map comprising a plurality of the layers of information superimposed upon one another;
In response to a user selection of a display mode corresponding to a topic of interest, displaying at least one layer containing information that is associated with the selected mode; and
Enhancing the value of at least one display parameter for map features of each displayed layer that are associated with the selected mode, relative to a default value for the display parameter.
Likely innovators/publishers(manuals...)/patentees in this vein include Esri, Pitney Bowes and Google.
Please help find prior art from June 5th 2012 or earlier.
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- Publication Number: US 20130339891 A1
- Priority Date: Seeking prior art predating Jun 5, 2012
- Assignee: Apple, Inc.
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