I think this about covers it. There is even a video that shows each part of it.
Article dated: Oct 27, 2010
AisleBuyer believes it can make the in-store experience more like its online counterpart. Its recently launched iPhone app enables customers to scan product bar codes for further information, reviews, and ...
Using the app consumers can scan a product barcode, photograph a
product, or say its name into their handset to access instant pricing
information. They can then purchase the item through Amazon's
one-click ordering system within the ...
Mobile application or software or the computer program can be protected by copyright law and patent law.
Under copyright law, software or the computer program is usually regarded as a "literary work". The unique characteristic of computer programs that differentiate them from other literary works is their dynamic essence, which usually includes algorithms ...
This Google Adwords blog post from November 21, 2005 describes how to select a region of interest for targeted ads by selecting a location on an embedded map (and defining a radius). Google will then serve targeted ads to users from that region.
Although design patents might be a good way to go, you may be able to gain some measure of protection for your gui with copyright. The pdf found here provides more information than I can provide in this answer.
Complete integrated self-checkout system and method
US 6507279, June 6, 2003
Seems seminal in that over 50 later patents cite it. I do not see it on the IDS already submitted by Apple.
An integrated self-checkout system and method incorporates . . . and
pricing to be directed to a specific individual. The customer uses
either a cell ...
You have provided very little information about what you your app is doing. But based on what you have provided, I believe it is unlikely that you could receive patent protection. Generally speaking, a patent cannot be used to patent an idea, but rather the concrete manifestation of that idea. Said another way, to be patent eligible, an invention must be ...
US patent 6595417
Published Jul 22, 2003
Filing date May 17, 2002
Priority date Jun 26, 1996
A system and method for an information system for use by customers in a retail shopping environment are provided. The system includes a host computer and a portable terminal for use by a customer. The portable terminal is located within a retail environment and ...
There is not a simple answer to this question.
Have you already shipped the app? In the US, you only have one year to file a patent application after the invention has been on sale. As a result, the clock may be ticking.
As Bobfango said, you cannot patent an idea. However, you could attempt to protect your application if it is directed toward patent ...
You can try to combine them into one patent but the patent authority may not allow you to. If you do, you should have separate claims covering each function. As long as there are separate claims, no one should be able to circumvent by just copying one function or the other. That said, the patent examiner very well might make you split up the two inventions ...
US Patent 8229458 (and it's related patent US8364171 and continuation applications such as 20130073454, that share most of the spec) appears to teach a substantial portion of the claims:
US Patent 8229458
Earliest related publication: Jul 24, 2012 (as US20080248815 A1)
Priority Date: Apr 8, 2007
Filing Date: Mar 16, 2008
Here are a few links to "store finders" similar to what @McKay is describing:
Here is a word press plugin which enables this kind of search functionality:
Store Locator Plus
I have used an Android application created specifically for that purpose since before the given date.
The web archive presents the situation and the solution prior to the patent application date.
Obtaining a patent is a first step to compete with commercial competitors. According to the The Patent Act, 1970. The following are not inventions according to section 3(k) of Indian Patent Act, 1970
"a mathematical or business method or a computer programme per se or algorithms"
Not all the inventions are fall under this category hence some of the ...
From your question, it is clear you have a misunderstanding between patent and copyright. I suggest you begin by reading this introduction from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A copyright is a form of intellectual property (IP) that is affixed the moment a 'creative act' (writing a story, painting a picture, writing code) is created ...
Eric, yes it does make sense. Have you continued to develop the application or work on pursuing patent protection since you posted this question?
You do not need to have a full working application in order to file a patent application. You could file a patent application while you are in the early parts of the development stage as long as you have ...
I don't have access to the whole article, and nominally the first paragraphs are about scanning license plates, but, what they are talking about here sounds promising.
Advances in Grid and Pervasive Computing
Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 4459, 2007, pp 730-737
Image Streaming and Recognition for Vehicle Location Tracking Using Mobile Devices
http://www.google.ca/patents/US8281169 is even broader and has a priority date of 27 Aug 2008. Remove mobile and it would describe just about any OS with the ability to shut down or change priorities of running programs.
Is moving functionality to a mobile device (laptop, phone, gps, e-book reader etc.) enough to warrant a new patent on industry best ...
The payment part is described in this MIT article on M-PESA as a way to pay for taxi fares from a mobile phone.
... e‐float transfers are often used to pay directly for goods and
services, from electricity bills to taxi‐cab fares ...
Avego in 2008 released a similar system. It's now called Carma.
According to the article, the service was already implemented at 1st of April 2009. The only thing that apparently is missing is the constant update on the position of the driver. Since a web browser for mobile phone is also ...
In 2010 an iPhone app launched that I think might be prior art.
Future Checkin is an app that allows you to check-in to your favorite Foursquare venues automatically when you're near them. You don't have to do a thing besides simply have your phone on you and this app will check you in while running in the ...
Publication number US20110025816 A1
This application has a profile stored on the user's phone, I believe, rather than with the store. I do not think it is dead-on.
Publication date Feb 3, 2011
Filing date Jul 31, 2009
Priority date Jul 31, 2009
Prior Art under 102(e) as of the filing and priority date
FIG. 5 provides ...
In 1999 I did some brief consulting work for the company where2getit.com. Their product was(is) a web application that allows people to locate stores close to their location. Users can search by address and it would display stores on a map close to their location.
The company and product were created around 1997!
The below links to prior art PDFs circa 2004-2005 should help. Each of these is a printed publication and 102(b) prior art to the application. See the following:
2004 Hawaii Ad-Me
2005 location-aware GPS See Fig. 2
A method for providing one or more search results comprising:
receiving a query;
Some of the key functional ...