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  1. New Search Patent Applications: October 6, 2006 - Google Takes Over the Patent Office

    This post looks at Google's filings. There were some interesting new patent applications this week from Yahoo, Microsoft, and IBM, but nothing on the scale of the outpouring of intellectual property published and assigned to Google - I uncovered 15...

  2. New Search Patent Filings: October 4, 2006 - Using Google to find the Cable Guy

    A few new patent filings from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.com. There have been a few patent filings from Amazon on recommendation systems. Google's newest patent filing expands upon Google Transit and Maps by providing information about taxi cabs...

  3. New Search Patent Filings: August 29, 2006 - Yahoo looks at Interactive TV and VOIP

    Yahoo patent filings include one detailing bidding for placement in paid search filed this past April, another that details a very interactive environment for watching television programming, a third describing a method of soliciting consumer...

  4. New Search Patent Filings: August 28, 2006 - Identifying Web Spam and Adult Images

    Oracle was granted a patent which mines information about users from query logs and user profiles to retrieve recommendations for pages, expansion of queries based upon that information, and a thematic clustering of those search results.

  5. New Search Patent Filings: August 27, 2006 - Google's Recommendations, IBM's Speedier Pagerank, Napster's Search

    IBM was granted a patent based upon providing advertisements to people based upon sites that they have visited, another that allows people to download information from specified pages which can be indexed and searched locally, a way of speeding...

  6. New Search Patent Applications: August 8, 2006 - Focusing on the Searcher

    Microsoft also has a pair of patent filings on interesting ways to refine search results after a search has been conducted. This last week's patent applications involving search all seem to focus upon users of search engines, and finding ways to...

  7. New Search Patent Applications: July 11, 2006 - Google Patent Filings by the Dozen

    Twelve Google patent applications where published this past week, including seven that focus upon geographical information and local search. The following patent applications primarily look at local search, though some of the processes described...

  8. New Search Patent Applications: June 19, 2006 - Autolinking, and Better Advertising through Deletion Predictions

    Some queries involve the use of concepts and units, as described in at least five Yahoo patent filings (see previous patent posts in the Yahoo sections from Yahoo Units and Microsoft Redundancy Filters and More Yahoo Concepts and Google Predictive...

  9. New Search Patents: June 8, 2006 - Stanford updates Pagerank Patent

    The main difference between the two older patent filings and the new one is an expanded "summary of the invention" section. This next patent doesn't transmit personal information to advertisers about those click through ads to their sites, but it...

  10. New Search Patent Applications: June 5, 2006 - Taking Care of Web Decay, Dead Links, and Parked Domains

    This first document may be the star of this batch of search filings, and if you decide to try to read through any of these, this may be a good choice. The process described in the next patent application provides a way for a user to set up their...