Both Google and Apple have been hit with a lawsuit on U.S. soil over the use of Street View in Google Maps, a popular service that’s used on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Filed by Florida-based company PanoMap, the case alleges the two violate U.S. Patent No. 6,563,529, which is described as an “Interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images.”
Summarily, the ‘529 patent covers a system to adjust a camera position of a wider view while simultaneously displaying a small detailed HUD. In addition, the patent’s language covers the synchronization of these two views so users are aware what direction they’re looking in. For example, if you were to scope out Pacific Coast Highway on Street View, PanoMap’s claim would cover the “wide” view of what’s being displayed, as well as the more detailed view in the bottom right corner.
The patent was only just acquired by PanoMap in early February, so the company obviously didn’t waste any time filing the lawsuit. The Florida company is seeking triple in damages from Apple and Google, saying the two companies knew about the patent but chose to ignore it. As proof, PanoMap says Apple visited a website in 2007 that displayed the patent, while Google cited it in a previous patent application of its own.
PaidContent reached out to PanoMap lawyers begging the question about whether or not the company actually develops mapping technology or if it is just a shell company patent trolling Apple and Google. If PanoMap is trolling, the company certainly knows how to pick ’em. You can bet two of the world’s largest tech names will be reaching deep into their pockets to see this one through.
[via Paid Content]