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I have been a GIS professional since 1969. I helped design and program two major GIS software packages. The first was a system called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This fully interactive GIS package was deployed in 1978. MOSS had a command line interface that allowed the user to select map layers of interest (including attribute filters) and ...


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1987, William Shatner narrates a video about GRASS GIS, a system released in 1982 that covers: Claims 1-7 Claims 10-15 Claims 17-21 NOT claims 16 or 22 Claims 23-28 Claims 50-54


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OpenStreetMap was founded in 2004: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/History_of_OpenStreetMap A 'plurality of the layers of information superimposed upon one another' is the normal display for this map. Information layers, such as highways, are defined through tags. Here's an example of the highway tag/layer and all the edits made to it since the year ...


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I am the author of FlightMaster for PalmOS. It is a GPS mapping program for pilots, running PalmOS devices, and has been available since 2002. It is an example of prior art in the following ways: Multiple layers of information, including airfields, various types of airspace etc, navigation aids and terrain. Layers stored in multiple databases within the ...


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It sounds amazingly similar to what we have been doing at Spamex (http://www.spamex.com) since 2000. Spamex has a browser plugin to create Disposable Email Addresses, Spamex is Bi-Directional (replies are routed through Spamex and ths re-anonymized), Spamex routes mail sent to Disposable Email Addresses to any of the Real Email Addresses registered with the ...


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How important is it that this is specifically "web pages" i.e. html loaded in a web browser as opposed to non www? And http versus other protocols? I ask for two reasons. First in 1996 the www had not yet won the day so if you read the academic work from that time www is clearly important and seen as the likely winner but a lot of attention is also give to ...


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Whilst I have not found prior art, the "Alternative Embodiments" seems rather vague though may be common in such patents? Although embodiments are disclosed herein, many variations are possible which remain within the concept, scope, and spirit of the embodiments described herein, and these variations would become clear to those skilled in the art ...


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Obviousness of a design is judged in comparison to existing designs that are located in a search, not by the type of logic you are using. You are using arguments about functionality (users would want a large button) to address ornamentation. A single centered circular button doesn't look like an array of tiny buttons. A portable computing device could be ...


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There's also a ton of similar apps in the Windows Phone app store, which is still seen as the most backwards of app stores by most people. The oldest "last updated" date I was quickly able to find seems to be Transparant Message from the 21th of Januari 2012, more than seven months prior the date mentioned in the question.


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US Patent 4,428,057 from 1984, "Electronic Chart System" "An electronic chart system in which charts of the earth are stored in digital representation and communicated to the operator by a visual display. Through the use of a Loran-C receiver or the like, the system additionally plots the carrier's position on the visual representation of the chart."


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A comment on an article about Autoprotect mentions an earlier program called CleverPin. There is a review of it dated April 21 2011 on the iJailbreak site. http://www.ijailbreak.com/cydia/cleverpin-tweak-make-your-idevice-ask-for-a-passcode-intelligently/ CleverPin allows you to make your iDevice ask for a passcode intelligently: you can choose to ...


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Guerillamail has an API for creating a new email address. For example: http://api.guerrillamail.com/ajax.php?f=get_email_address&ip=127.0.0.1&agent=Mozilla_foo_bar https://www.guerrillamail.com/GuerrillaMailAPI.html When this was reviewed by a journalist, the most obvious use was indeed what Apple is trying to patent: http://blog.programmableweb....


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"Locale" by Two Forty Four AM is a software that allows the user to set up actions in response to events, where one of the built in "event plugins" is GPS location (also available is a cell-tower location). Event handlers can include a lot of things, for example: ...automatically enable your lockpattern. For example, disable your unlock ...


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It the claim states media device - no. But in the case of the iPod, there are probably other rights protecting aspects of the design (trademarks, copyrights).


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Any geofencing prior art would most likely be relevant. The most likely prior art would be something akin to where-is-my-child which is also listed as an example on wikipedia here


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Autoprotect is a jailbreak app that disables a phone's lock/PIN when the phone is connected to known wifi networks, such as at home.


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A direct answer to the question as originally posted: The best way to keep the application from eventually turning into an issued patent would be to search for (and solicit others to search for) documents that qualify technically to be used as prior art against the application in question and either individually, or taken together show that the most ...


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This is a bad patent for a number of reasons, first and foremost it a practice that has been happening for many years. Any AOL cd from the mid 90's used a web browser view to display the connection interface. This was a web page as it was defined s html, and it was embedded because needed a network connection to see it. If you press the need for network ...


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Roger Tomlinson, who died 4 days ago, is known as the "Father of GIS". He initially defined the art over 50 years ago. http://www.gislounge.com/phrase-geographic-information-systems/ http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/fall12articles/the-fiftieth-anniversary-of-gis.html


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This seems like it might be relevant, though it seems to cover regular cameras, not necessarily video cameras. Maybe that's an "obvious" leap. According to one aspect, a device may include a lens assembly and a display to present a first image that is being received via the lens assembly. In addition, the device may include a processor to receive a ...


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I think it is best to take a conservative approach. To be conservative, any unconstrained use/disclosure should be considered a public use/disclosure. Unless there is an obligation on the part of Apple to maintain confidentiality in relation to app submissions, I would recommend that you treat the submission as a public disclosure and that you file your ...


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College solar car race teams used maximum power tracking back in the nineties. I don't know too much about it since the team disbanded as joined in 2001-2002, but the website has been preserved. http://www.rose-hulman.edu/SolarPhantom/ And the EE Faculty Adviser, Marc Herniter, who taught maximum power tracking is still there. http://www.rose-hulman.edu/...


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I believe the One Laptop Per Child system used this: http://one.laptop.org/about/specs


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Kodak has a camera that comes with a case using a solar cell to charge from via USB http://resources.kodak.com/support/pdf/en/manuals/accessories/ks100/KS100_EN.pdf


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Regarding your first point, consider this document; seems state of the art: http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/bq24650.pdf There are other Controllers that should accept both adapter and solar power. The combination of two different ways of power transmission in one chip for electronic devices isn't new, it's integrated in most charge-controllers for ...


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Adding another answer to avoid clogging my already verbose answer. I think I have found almost exactly this functionality at vfemail.net This is prior art in rewriting of the email From address, and completely hiding it from the email UI/client. http://www.vfemail.net/faq.php#twentyone What is the Metadata Mitigator™? In short, it prevents the NSA ...


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I'm sure that the ideas present in this patent application are either already invented, too obvious or too simple. Disposable email, as an anti-spam solution, has been around for over a decade now, and many variations have been built over the years. Here are some things in this patent that I see as already indented: Analyze web page and identify email ...


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Here's one of our prior patents that might help. http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20110010674 Also remember, a pencil and an eraser can each be patented, but so can a pencil with an eraser.


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Quiznos Store Locator Locates a store with selectable map modes. Common across thousands of websites, in-app maps, and more. Excludes (method of suppressing) outside map data based on the person's location (search criteria) which can be geo-targeted through javascript. http://www.quiznos.com/storeLocator.html


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