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Website Map Display Patent

After an extensive search through credible sources, we were not able to find any US patent claiming intellectual property rights over the ability to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites. Most of the information found was related to tracking location software patents. However, the research team pulled together other relevant insights and presented them below together with the details of the team's research strategies to find the required information.

Uniloc patents

  • Recently, Uniloc filed a lawsuit against Apple with patents related to predictive traffic routing feature, location features, and client device identifier but these are not specific to the ability to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites and are more related to app-specific use.
  • Uniloc has 203 patents filed across the globe but none are related to website map display patent as most of the patents are related to piracy reduction, payment authorization systems, media fingerprinting, online advertising, and purchases. A screenshot of the WIPO website indicating that Uniloc has 203 patents can be seen here.

Other Relevant insights

  • US 2012/0035967 A1: This patent deals with providing customized content with respect to geography based on user IP address but not related to website map display.
  • US 2007/0112936 A1: This patent deals with providing customized land data on website with features like land image, map libraries, virtual tours, and other legal document but nothing related to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites.
  • US 2012/0071143 A1: This patent deals with getting directions for predetermined locations such as restaurants etc. but nothing related to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites.
  • US 10,282,154: This patent deals with tracking of locations of social media users and provides rankings for the list of locations but not related to website map display.
  • US 10,187,343: This patent deals with tracking locations of users and collecting information on places and traffic details but not related to website map display.

Research Strategy:

To gather information on US patent claiming intellectual property rights over the ability to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites, we initially searched in patent databases like USPTO and WIPO among others and most of the information is related to software tracking location but nothing related to website map display. We also searched for the list of patents filed by Uniloc and found out that it recently filed a lawsuit against Apple with patents related to predictive traffic routing feature, location features, and client device identifier but these are not specific to the ability to display a map side by side with a list of locations on websites. It was also indicated that Uniloc has 203 patents, but none are related to website map display.

We expanded our scope to other geographical locations beyond the US and older patents information beyond 24 months based on the fact that the patent period is around 20 years. We checked multinational databases like DEPATISnet, Derwent World Patents Index, Dialog, EAPATIS, Patent Lens, Auspat, JP-NETe, etc but most of the information is related to software tracking location and nothing was related to website map display.

As our last resort, we searched exhaustively for any case studies, articles, press releases of computer security and copy protection companies, and intellectual property law firms for website map display patents information in websites such as Wibu, Patent Law Group, and IPWatchdog among others. But most of the information is on GPS related software patents and nothing is related to website map display. We also tried checking the information beyond paid wall resources but we could not find any. As all the strategies applied above does yield any fruitful results related to website map display patents, we provided other information relevant to this research and presented them above.

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