Mashable has a report of a patent that just issued (6-1/2 years after filing) — apparently Google now has a lock on location-based advertising
. It's not clear that the search company intends to assert the patent against any other companies (such as emerging rival Apple), but it's useful as leverage. Here is the patent
Update: 03/02 14:34 GMT
: Reader butlerm noted that the incorrect patent was linked. It now points to the correct URL.