updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue July 5, 2011
Small Louisiana firm claims to have patents
Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Transcenic filed a complaint Friday in the Federal Delaware District Court claiming that Google, Microsoft and AOL (via MapQuest) have infringed on its patents. At issue are street perspective views that the companies use on their mapping websites. Transcenic is looking for unspecified, but tripled damages.
Transcenic contends that Google's Street View and Earth, Microsoft's Streetside, and AOL's Mapquest's 360 View, all infringe on the company's patents for technology that enables collecting,and manipulating panoramic imagery
None of the parties involved were available for comment.