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Thursday, June 29, 2006

I’ve got two reasons to let you know about a press release sent to me the other day by Scott Tatro, President/Founder of Equias. The release documents that Envirian, a company that provides leads and other services to real estate agents, has licensed the patent for itself and its franchisees use.

Recall that Tatro’s company, Equias Technology Development, is a Master Licensee of the patent in question.  Per Tatro, “Our Agency Licensing agreement has many nuances and lots of legalese to accommodate for potentialities.  The basic premise is an exclusive right (other than REAL llc itself, at its declared $10,000 price point) to resell technology solutions with bundled-in ‘989/’576 licenses into the real estate industry in the USA.  We also have a specifically named target group of potential customers, which REAL would have to compensate us for, if they removed that market opportunity by licensing the entity directly.” I just want to make clear that Mr. Tatro has a vested interest in folks licensing the patent, especially via his company.

So, on to the two reasons this is timely. First off, it’s an update to an article I did last fall on the patent litigation REAL began in the last few years. The topic drew some discussion here at APB, when I reported the real estate arm of Lending Tree had licensed the patent.

Second, it may be a possible example of the “obvious to current practioners” category described in comments on another patent in the last few days.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 11:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

MySQL has issued a white paper with details on how to migrate from Oracle to MySQL. There is not a lot here on spatial data management but for those interested in an open source option, you may want to take a look. MySQL does handle spaitial primitives. (Registration is required to download)

by Joe Francica on 06/29 at 11:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The AP reports that ESRI “received a subpoena seeking records of its dealings with the Washington, D.C., firm of Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White” in conjunction with a probe of Congressman Jerry Lewis. Several municipalities in the area have received a subpoena; ESRI is the first private company. ESRI has “no concerns” per ESRI spokesman Don Berry.

There’s a bit more detail at the San Bernardino Sun.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:40 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

You can add up to 10 locations, rearrange them by dragging and dropping, avoid tolls and more. (Details)

via TechRockies

I wonder why MapQuest is so quiet about it? (Update: PR just posted!) already has a multi-point routing tool, which I really liked.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:29 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I got a sneak preview of the consumer last week. It’s not yet available; Skyline has first rolled out its various developer tools which run from a free API for a 3D globe to more traditional licensing and self-hosting. Check it out at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/29 at 07:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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