US Patent on Real Estate Search and Location System ?
by Glenn Letham
The U.S. Patent (No. 5,032,989), "Real Estate Search and Location System and Method," was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1991, at a time when the commercial use of the Internet was in its infancy. It covers a mapping system "for locating available real estate properties for sale, lease or rental using a database of available properties at a central location and remote stations which use a graphic interface," according to the document. The patent also includes a "drilldown" feature, under which specific areas can be displayed in greater detail -- The PR is also listed in detail here http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/6274/
What's your take on this? Imagine holding a patent on searching for hotels, parks, or ??? Seems kind of crazy if you ask me