Local.com has received a new patent for an Enhanced Directory Assistance (EDA) Services method and system. In a statement, Local.com described the patent, number 7,596,218, as:
Issued on September 29, 2009, the patent describes a system and method for maintaining a dynamic index for a telephone directory assistance system. The system enables advertisers to dynamically control whether a listing - and/or one or more of a keyword index, a localization index, and a position control index - associated with the advertiser is included in an EDA request, and in what position the associated listing is returned in response to the request.
Local.com hopes the new patent will provide additional revenue opportunities.
"Local.com has a patent that covers an important monetization opportunity in this burgeoning market, and it is complementary to our existing local search patents. We look forward to expanding our relationships with companies in order to deliver monetization of innovative new products and services to this marketplace," said Heath Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Local.com.