I was rereading the Earthbooker.com press release this morning, and a phrase at the end stood out:
GlobeAssistant, who’s responsible for the creation of Earthbooker and patented integration with Google Earth, believes that within the next 4 years in 50% of all travel arrangements Google Earth and their technology will be used.
It stood out not so much for the prediction but for the word “patented”. I highly doubt a method based on a process that’s only been around for a few months would already be patented. So is it patent-pending? Or is this press release-ese? Or a bad translation from Dutch? What’s so patentable about a method for depicting a database on Google Earth? Am I missing something?
(On GlobeAssistant’s site there is a more detailed description of the patent: “GlobeAssistant BV uses the patented Altitude Ranking Algorithm to filter relevant data before it is published to the Globe.” Haven’t some of Google Earth’s built-in layers done that since day one? Just asking.)