Patents

what3words’ core technology and methodology is protected through a series of patents.

Further detail on each patent family is set out below.

1. A method and apparatus for identifying and communicating locations

In this family, patents have issued or been accepted for issuance in:

  • ARIPO
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • US

2. A method for suggesting one or more multi-word candidates based on an input string received at an electronic device

In this family, patents have issued or been accepted for issuance in:

  • South Africa
  • OAPI

3. A method for suggesting candidate words as replacements for an input string received at an electronic device

In this family, patents have issued or been accepted for issuance in:

  • South Africa
  • OAPI

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In addition, filing is at various stages across the three patent families described above in the following jurisdictions:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • EPC (Europe)
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • South Africa
  • UAE

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