A company called PanoMap Technologies is suing Apple and Google for patent violation, reports “paidContent.org” (http://macte.ch/wbqBP). The patent involves an “interactive system for displaying detailed view and direction in panoramic images.”

PanoMap says the use of the Google Maps “Street View” feature in the iPad and iPhone violates said patent. The Street View function of Google Maps allows users to see a photograph of locations like houses or street corners.

PanoMap says both Apple and Google should pay triple damages because they knew about the patent but ignored it. As proof, the company claims that Apple visited a website that displayed the patent in 2007 while Google cited the ‘529 patent in a recent patent application of its own, reports “paidContent.org.”