A method comprising: capturing a digital image using a digital image capturing device that is part of a portable electronic device; detecting symbology associated with an object within the digital image using a portable electronic device; decoding the symbology to obtain a decode string using one or more visual detection applications residing on the portable electronic device; sending the decode string to a remote server for processing; receiving information about the object from the remote server wherein the information is based on the decode string of the object; displaying the information on a display device associated with the portable electronic device.
The information here is regarding legal actions related to patent “449” for equipping a kiosk with WiFi basically. Actions began in July of 2014 and still in progress. A total of 14 actions.
For reference as of today here are the closed cases: Catalina, Zivelo, Phoenix, Flex, StoreKraft, Slabb & Digiboo.
The “still Open” suits are: KIS, Olea, Meridian and Dustshield (parent for Phoenix).
1/6/2015: several more litigants have settled including Slabb and Phoenix Kiosk and Zivelo. They join Catalina, Flextronics and Store Kraft in the “closed” category. Opens are: Kodak, KIS, Fab Concepts, Olea, Digiboo, Acosta, Advantage Sales and Dustshield.
12/5: Advantage Sales and Marketing of California added as 449 litigant. Open in Initial Pleadings
From the complaint: On information and belief, Defendant Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC is a California corporation with a principal place of business at 18100 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612. Defendant makes, uses and sells wireless interactive consumer video systems, including, but not limited to, systems and applications utilizing its “Advantage Retail Technology Services” platform, described at http://www.asmnet.com/what-we-do/retailCase: services# and in the video located at the same website address. These interactive systems and applications allow users to interact wirelessly through a tablet or other media with back end or back office computers, point-of-sale data, and other data, including interacting with software or applications that provide presentations with graphics or video content. Defendant does business on a regular basis in Illinois and in this District, including making, using, selling and/or offering
New litigant 12/04: Acosta Sales and Marketing. Open in Initial Pleadings.
Abstract: On March 4, 1997, the UUSPO issued Patent No. 5,608,449 (“the ‘449 patent”) entitled “Wireless Interactive Consumer Video System.” RTC is the owner of the ‘449 patent.
Defendant has been and still is infringing and inducing infringement of the ‘449 patent by making, using, offering to sell, selling, and/or importing wireless interactive consumer video systems, including, list of systems, in Illinois.
Update on litigation(s)
10/31/2014 — Digiboo added
10/30/2014 — Meridian, Slabb & Phoenix added to list
10/29/2014 — Olea Kiosks added to list
Also appears the Kraft and Flextronix suits status has changed to “Closed”
C2 Desktop Public Terminals, C3 Wallmount Public Terminals, C6 Thin, Floorstanding Public Terminals, C7 Floorstanding Public Terminals, C10
KIS (KIOSK Information Systems)
Defendant makes, uses and sells wireless interactive consumer video systems, including kiosk systems which Defendant refers to as Caddie, Fairway, Portal, Thinman, Stealth, Edge H.D., Edge, Contour Financial Series, Arch, and Wedge, which are installed in numerous Case: 1:14-cv-06683 Document #: 1 Filed:
08/29/14 Page 1 of 5 PageID #:1 2 locations, and are depicted at http://www.kiosk.com/standard/. On information and belief, Defendant does business on a regular basis in Illinois and in this District, including making, using, selling and/or offering for sale its wireless interactive consumer video systems in Illinois and this District which infringe RTC’s rights under the patent asserted herein.
Interesting article on Verizon from IP Watchdog as Verizon joins
their list “Companies We Watch”. Verizon has been very active in the patent and self-service area. Their patent for tele-diagnosis and analysis of dermatological skin conditions is fascinating one for me.
Excerpts from IP Watchdog
Verizon’s inaugural appearance in the Companies We Follow series revealed plenty of patent applications in the realm of retail kiosk services, including one that discusses a kiosk which allows users to purchase mobile devices and activate subscriber services. Other recent patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office referenced some useful technologies involving vehicles, including one designed to restrict the use of mobile devices when an owner is driving a vehicle.
A few of the patent applications that we ended up exploring in detail discuss a few innovations in retail technologies designed to improve Verizon’s ability to get its products into the hands of consumers. U.S. Patent Application No. 20140351075, which is titledKiosk for Dispensing and Activating User Devices, discusses technological innovations that allow customers to purchase wireless devices and activate data subscription plans without having to visit an actual store. The patent application would protect a device with one or more processors that determines device information associated with a user device housed within a kiosk, dispenses the user device, receives subscription information associated with the device’s purchaser and provide activation information permitting a user device to be activated on a network. Through this system, a purchaser could visit a website to begin the purchase of a device, including selection of subscription package, and then purchase and activate the device from a kiosk instead of an actual store. Tools for providing more personalized customer service in retail establishments are described within U.S. Patent Application No. 20140324638, titled Near-Field Communication (NFC)-Based Retail Experience Using a Retail Kiosk or Mobile Device. The retail kiosk claimed by this patent application includes a display unit, a user-input interface and an NFC reader that establishes an NFC-based communication link with a compatible user device to authenticate the user and provide a personalized retail experience through the user-input interface and display unit. The resulting invention provides customers with a kiosk through which they can access information for a meaningful comparison of mobile wireless devices; the kiosk is capable of detecting what device the customer may be interested in purchasing through the use of the NFC link.
Finally, we wanted to share one novel patent developed by Verizon which allows a mobile device owner to utilize his or her smartphone as a health diagnostic tool. U.S. Patent No. 8891841, entitled Mobile Dermatology Collection and Analysis System, protects a system enabling a device user to get professional medical advice for a developing skin condition, such as a rash, without having to visit a physician. The patent protects a mobile communications device method of obtaining one or more images, extracting features from those images to create feature vectors and determining a dermatological classification of the images based on a dermatological analysis model.