Microsoft, AOl, and Google, are now part of a lawsuit from a Louisiana company's, patent covering mapping technology that helps computer users see locations in three dimensions.
Officials of Transcenic Inc. contend in a lawsuit that executives of Google, and Microsoft, misappropriated technology that helps capture 3-D images of map locations.
Patents covering computer-mapping software have sparked litigation against Google, Microsoft and other companies in federal courts around the U.S. GeoTag Inc. has filed patent- infringement suits against 300 entities, many of which use mapping technology made by Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft or Mountain View, California-based Google to show store locations.
Google's popular Street View feature for its Map division is involved in the lawsuit along with Microsoft's Streetwise business and AOL's MapQuest division. The Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Transcenic company claims that all three companies used 3D mapping software to show its users where to go. The company claims that the software "misappropriated technology" from Transcenic. The company itself is privately owned and doesn't even appear to have its own web site.
AOL did not yet respond to an inquiry.
Katelin Todhunter-Gerberg, a Google spokeswoman, and Kevin Kutz, a Microsoft spokesman, both said they couldn't comment on the suit because they hadn't yet received a copy of it.