This post is an update to discussion on this list months ago about NeoMedia
and its URL-redirect patent.
In the past few days, there has been a flurry of comment about EFF's recent
(14 Nov 2006) request for prior art (prior to 1995; the patent was granted
in 2006) to help it bust the NeoMedia URL-redirect patent.
The patent is very broad. In relation to this list, it is most relevant with
regard to NeoMedia's claim that they invented the process by which, say, a
cameraphone is aimed at a QRcode and then the browser on the mobile handset
displays a website (so far, OK). If, however, the initial URL redirects the
handset browser to a different URL, NeoMedia believes that it owns this
intellectual property and deserves to be paid for its application.
I think that there must be some documentation in Japan from the QRcode,
logistics, and inventory control world that would suggest NeoMedia did not
come up with this idea independently.
EFF is asking for help. This list may be one of the best places to find it.
Received on Sun Nov 19 02:21:26 2006