University Web Developers

University Web Developers

Came across an interesting story on the BBC today:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23898080

"Patent trolls take out generalised patents, often on widely available technology, and then demand money from companies who use or offer it. Shops and restaurants have been targeted for displaying QR codes and online store-locators...."

 

After which I tried to find out what the QR Code issue was. Which led me to this blog post: http://www.paperspecs.com/30344/beware-the-qr-code-patent-trap/

According to that, “if your QR code sends people to a URL shortener, Neomedia claims you’re infringing their patents.”

(Namely, US Patent 6,199,048 and US Patent 8,131,597)

 

Does anyone happen to know whether there are equivalent or similar patents covering the UK, or is this purely an American issue? And are there any other patent issues around QR codes, or are only URL shortened URLs a problem?

(I don't think we use QR codes a lot on our campus, but this story baffled me...)

Views: 884

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

With the usual caveats about not constituting legal advice, etc., I feel confident about using QR codes here in Canada without any particular concern over legal issues. With regards to this specific lawsuit you could always link to the full URL, and then present the shortened URL in text on the same print piece or signage. That would avoid the QR-to-short-URL issue.

I keep hoping QR will begin to be built into camera apps by default and then begin to take off, because I consider it a nifty 'gateway drug' to full augmented reality. However, so far, no traction on that...

I do notice that QR is now being used in WeChat to add new users to group conversations, so that might spread it a bit more widely. However I think the uptake on QR has always been greater in Asia than in North America, so it may remain a technology that never does quite reach critical mass here.

What do you think, do any of you have situations where QR works well for you on campus?

To be honest, I have yet to see a QR Code which has enhanced my life, as a user. It's easier to find bad examples of QR codes than good ones. (A railway station in Bristol replaced all the timetables on platforms with QR Codes, so you could only find out what trains were running if you had a smartphone and mobile broadband and the patience to leaf through a PDF on a phone. A department in the University printed QR codes in a brochure. The QR codes were the links to the PDF of the very brochure itself.)

 

I could imagine QR codes having some degree of usefulness, if you can use them to "check in" to something on Facebook or some other geosocial network, or to "review / read reviews of" restaurants on Tripadvisor. I could imagine QR codes being handy for booking attendance at something in advance ("Here next week: Careers talk" > QR Code to book on eventbrite / add to your own calendar). I could imagine that it might one day be good for libraries: scan a QR code on a physical copy to loan out a digital copy of something (ebook, ejournal, movie) and then access the digital copy at home but leave the physical copy in the library.

But in truth, I haven't seen any of those uses of QR codes so far. Instead, what I tend to see is information that used to be available disappearing, replaced with a QR code, or people hoping for user curiosity, placing QR codes with little or no context somewhere as guerilla advertising tool (only no one ever scans them, as who knows where they might lead...)

Quite simply, so far I haven't seen a use of a QR code that was genuinely rewarding for the users.

Very good points, and in general I agree.

Here at Brescia we identified a 'test use case' for QR: When students pile off the bus from main campus, they all have smartphone in hand, so we created a simple  'Daily Brescia' web page for announcements such as events and class cancellations. (http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/daily/) which is accessible by URL and QR. Uptake has been low, but I suspect it may pick up a bit when we start adding the daily lunch specials... food motivates! :)

The future Higher Ed uses that I can see for QR, and for locational augmented reality (AR) in general, are mostly in extending signage and location information with timely overlays of additional data or functionality. I see it as a fundamentally informational technology, rather than as one suited to the kind of marketing applications that are common so far.

Having said that, I think QR is a transitional technology on the road to AR that has probably not caught enough momentum to survive. I doubt that it will be a part of the digital media mix 5 years from now, unless new applications like the WeChat example give it new life.

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Cheryl Tiahrt joined Brent Hoard's group
Thumbnail

Sitecore

For users of the Sitecore CMS
4 hours ago
Cheryl Tiahrt is now a member of University Web Developers
7 hours ago
Colleen Brennan-Barry posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2014 Keynotes: Dr. Moira Gunn & Chris Hardwick

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association is pleased to announce the HighEdWeb 2014 Annual Conference keynote speakers: Dr. Moira Gunn (@biotechncation) and Chris Hardwick (@nerdist).Dr. Moira Gunn will deliver the Annual Conference’s opening keynote address on Monday, October 20. The first woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Purdue, Dr. Gunn worked as a NASA computer scientist and engineer. Today, she…See More
Wednesday
Profile IconMike Smick and Carla Pinson joined University Web Developers
Wednesday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Can’t get enough of our analytics gadgets? Neither can we :) Check out the new blog post!"
Tuesday
Laurie Trow replied to Kevin Hanselman's discussion Job Openings at The Sage Colleges : Marketing Communications and Web Content Specialists
"Sounds like a great opportunity! Thanks for sharing."
Tuesday
Kevin Hanselman replied to Kevin Hanselman's discussion Job Openings at The Sage Colleges : Marketing Communications and Web Content Specialists
"Sage is still looking for a Web Content Specialist. Job search has re-opened. ---------------------------------------- The Sage Colleges, in Troy, NY is seeking a Web Content Specialist to work with the Office of Communications and Public…"
Tuesday
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Another new customer... woot! Welcome Lake Washington Institute of Technology to the OU Campus CMS user community! "
Monday
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Help us welcome King University to the OU Campus CMS user community and OmniUpdate family! "
Jul 25
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"What is in your Top Ten list for Version 10? Compare it with today’s blog post! "
Jul 24
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congrats to Utah Valley University on going live with their new responsive online course catalog in OU Campus! Check it out!"
Jul 24
Sarah joined Karlyn Morissette's group
Thumbnail

Google Analytics Users

it's pretty self-explanatory :-)
Jul 23
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Part 3 of our Small Web Team series is now up on the blog! #jobcreep "
Jul 17
Claudia Snell posted a status
"Last week, we launched our new website: http://www.nichols.edu Designed and built by Easy Designs and uses Expression Engine for CMS."
Jul 14
Neal Carter joined Sveta's group
Thumbnail

CMS

Content Management System
Jul 14
Neal Carter joined Cal Anderson's group
Thumbnail

Terminal Four Site Manager

For institutions using Terminal Four's (T4) Site Manager CMS.See More
Jul 14
Neal Carter joined Mark Greenfield's group
Thumbnail

WordPress

This group is for all those using WordPress as both a blogging platform and as a CMS
Jul 14
Justin Chan is now a member of University Web Developers
Jul 11
Sara Arnold commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congrats to Morehouse School of Medicine on going live with their new website in OU Campus v10!"
Jul 10
Michael Plyler joined Eric Hodgson's group
Thumbnail

Digital Asset Management

Best practices in managing raw photography, design files, and Web photo galleries
Jul 10

UWEBD has been in existence for more than 10 years and is the very best email discussion list on the Internet, in any industry, on any topic

About

© 2014   Created by Mark Greenfield.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service