I was briefly looking at the patent 8438081 (Methods and Systems for Online Shopping) and don't quite understand its applicability. There are numerous successful companies that seem to have incorporated the technology (social network outfit sharing) that is being claimed here including Polyvore and Asos (two extremely successful companies).
Polyvore Under the way the U.S. patent system works, are the claims in this patent interpreted so tightly and specifically that competitors can easily get around them? If this is the case, why would someone, in general, file a patent application that was easy to get around? I am an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Toronto doing a research project on software patents. Any prior art or explanation for this patent would be much appreciated.
- A method for managing an outfit over a network comprising:
providing, over the network, a navigation of an electronic media source while simultaneously
providing, over the network, a virtual closet widget representative of outfit data for display on at least one device;
providing an activation component within the virtual closet widget to configure a panel for
providing a selectable catalog of items that are configured to be added into the outfit data;
in response to adding an item, providing a visual indication of the item on the virtual closet widget, wherein the item comprises at least one unset attribute for setting through the virtual closet; and
wherein adding the item comprises receiving network data comprising a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) representative of the item and a configuration of the item within the outfit, wherein the URI is received from an electronic media source other than an electronic media source displaying the virtual closet widget, and wherein the URI is provided in the electronic media source as a link attached to a multimedia item representative of the item or outfit.