Apple Patents QR Code Ticketing?

An Apple patent revealed yesterday seems at first sight to patent QR Code ticketing. Patent application 20100082491 System and method for providing electronic event tickets was originally filed on September 30, 2008 and contains numerous diagrams showing QR Codes (image below). There is only one explicit mention of QR Code in the text, in section [0161] it reads A matrix code 156 on the paper ticket 146 may provide a manner of gaining entry to an event or inputting the electronic ticket on the electronic device 10. The matrix code 156 may be any 2-D matrix code capable of encoding the serial number 152 or other data pertaining to the paper ticket 146. By way of example, the matrix code 156 may be a QR code, an Aztec Code, or a Data Matrix code. It should be appreciated that the paper ticket 146 may also be stored in an electronic device 10 using a variety of techniques. As discussed below, such techniques may include, for example, using the camera 36 of the electronic device 10 to scan the serial number 154 or the matrix code 156. Section [0105] gives the strong impression that this is a wide ranging patent Many people use a personal electronic device each day, as portable phones and digital media players become commonplace. When attending various ticketed events, people may bring a personal electronic device. Using the techniques, systems, and devices described in the disclosure below, a user may obtain, store, or use a ticket in a personal electronic device to gain entry to the event, as well as to gain a number of additional benefits.

QR Code in the Apple ticketing patent

4 thoughts on “Apple Patents QR Code Ticketing?”

  1. this patent wont fly UNLESS there is something more specific than whats described in this article.

    I have a photo of some japanese people buying Air Supply tickets using a QR code initiatiate advertisement, i dont know when it was but i’ve had the photo for at least 4 years.

  2. An application is not a patent yet, so Apple did not patent barcode ticketing.

    While not much more novel than what you describe, it is a little more than simple electronic ticketing. Each independent claim describes a secondary benefit such as “enable the electronic device to be used to gain entry to an event and to obtain at least one other event-related benefit.” Or get points. Or download music.

    In essence, a loyalty card program associated with an event ticket. So you take your Rolling Stone’s concert ticket and tape it to your Safeway card, and you have the general idea.

  3. @Gee It’s not a spoof if that’s what your suggesting. It’s a genuine patent application and is in the The United States Patent and Trademark Office database.

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