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lbendlin
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:47 pm    Post subject: Pharos awarded US patent for connecting GPS with Cellphone Reply with quote

Every once on a while there are news releases crawling through our spam filters that are just amazing and awe inspiring. Like this one from Pharos

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Pharos was recently awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,909,907covering an integrated
connection assembly for a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a personal
digital assistance device (PDA) or cellular phone. Pharos' navigation software and
hardware are considered are [sic] prime examples of leading applications/devices developed
over recent years that can be leveraged now in the utilization of Windows Mobile
devices.


Here's the patent in detail...

In Pharos' defense (defence) it is necessary to mention that the patent was applied for in November 2000, and was just being granted in June 2005. But the fact that it was granted at all is remarkable... Will there be any consequences for the market of combined devices?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I understand the patent it's just an interface box between a stand-alone PDA and a sand-alone GPS device also providing external power to both devices. Why should there be any "consequences for the market of combined devices"? Am I missing something?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read the patent and it just seems like the patent for a single cable which supplies both power to both devices as well as communication between them.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't mean the actual box Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's amazing the kind of stuff that are granted patents these days. I bet there is one covering the placing of a stick of chocolate over ice-cream.

Free market - a market where patents are granted freely to anyone with enough money to pay a legal team to file hundreds of patent applications a month.
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