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QR Code Use Without Licensing Fees

We created a QR Code to direct consumers to a "find the right fit" website, for our product. We created it via a 3rd party provider. Months later, we the were notified that we are infringing on a NEOMEDIA patent. The process we are infringing on is the "redirect", where once the scan is performed, it is tallied on a host site, then redirected to our site.  NEOMEDIA says we need to pay for that, they own the redirect "process".

My question is...does anyone know how I can create a QR code, that goes directly to the URL I define, without a redirect, that I do not have to license or worry about getting sued over ?  Seems easy, I know...but I just want to be 100% sure I am safe.  I'd appreciate any advice in the matter.
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John Battles

8/22/2022 - Mon
Randy Poole

Do you have a copy of this patent or the patent number that they are referring to?
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John Battles

Randy - The article you referenced is the jist of what Neomedia is saying to us. I have looked at qr-code-generator.com and it looks like they employ the same "grab-scan,log it- then redirect" process I am looking to avoid.
Randy Poole

The QRcode generated has the url encoded within the symbol itself. It is not using a redirect site such as tinyurl to get to the end server. The phone or whichever reader is being used is deciphering the graphic and pulling out the url.
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John Battles

I understand that, but the "free" one is said to be for non-profit or individual use, not commercial. We would then need to set up an account with them and that is where I believe they add the tracking prefix in the code. (unsure about this). I suppose I should call them to verify ?  With the other 3rd party, the "free" account had the tracking feature built in.
Paul Sauvé

This site seems to be free for a basic QR Code: QR Code Generator. However a dynamic QR code requires a subscription.
Dan Craciun

I use http://keremerkan.net/qr-code-and-2d-code-generator/.
They don't use an URL shortening service, just generate a code with whatever URL you provide it.

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John Battles

I think I am getting a consensus, that as long as I don't use any url shortening service or scan tracking, I am safe from infringing on NEOMEDIA process. If I create a QR code that directly links to my intended URL, I am free from claims. Agree ?