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New Patents for Google, IBM, Yahoo & Others

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I mentioned in a post about IBM yesterday that Big Blue has been racking up plenty of search patents. You'll see several brand new IBM search-related patents and pre-grant patent applications in the following update along with new patents and apps for Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and others.

What follows is another helping of new patents and published patent applications via U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is not a comprehensive list. I've compiled these lists of search patents and published patent appplications on my ResourceShelfPLUS site for about a year. My first compilation on the SEW site was posted on SearchDay and the blog in November.

Let's get started!

Recently Published Pre-Grant Patent Applications
Systems and methods for searching using queries written in a different character-set and/or language from the target pages
Assignee: Google
Published: December 23, 2004

Personalized indexing and searching for information in a distributed data processing system
Assignee: IBM
Published: December 23, 2004

Content-driven speech- or audio-browser
Assignee: Phillips Electronics
Published: December 23, 2004

Architecture for generating responses to search engine queries
Assignee: NA
Published: December 16, 2004
NOTE: One of the inventors, Eric Brill, is the head of the Text Mining, Search and Navigation Group at Microsoft.

Universal search interface systems and methods
Assignee: Yahoo!
Published: December 9, 2004

System & method of identifying trendsetters
Assignee: NA
Published: December 9, 2004

Method for implementing search engine
Assignee: NA
Published: December 9, 2004


Recently Awarded Patents

Method and apparatus for improved information representation
Assignee: Surfnotes
Published: December 28, 2004

System and method for associating search results
Assignee: IBM
Awarded: December 14, 2004

Organizing and categorizing hypertext document bookmarks by mutual affinity based on predetermined affinity criteria
Assignee: IBM
Awarded: December 14, 2004

System and method for dynamically optimizing a banner advertisement to counter competing advertisements
Assignee: IBM
Awarded: December 7, 2004

System and method for improving answer relevance in meta-search engines
Assignee: Xerox
Awarded: December 7, 2004

Very-large-scale automatic categorizer for web content
Assignee: Microsoft
Awarded: November 30, 2004

System and method allowing advertisers to manage search listings in a pay for placement search system using grouping
Assignee: Overture (Yahoo!)
Awarded: November 30, 2004

Method, system and program for providing indexed web page contents to a search engine database
Assignee: IBM
Awarded: November 23, 2004


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