Greetings From Bill Slawski, SEW’s New Patent Correspondent

Before I begin on some new patents that
were granted on April 18th, I’d like
to thank Danny, and the rest of the team here for asking me to join them.

On how I got here…

A couple of years ago, I found myself spending a fair amount of time on the
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) web
site searching for patents from search companies. As an English major in
college, and then as a brainwashed law school student, I had developed an
appetite for primary sources – in this instance, information straight from the
mouths of the companies that I was trying to understand better – namely, Google
and Yahoo.

The interest turned into what some might call an obsession, so I decided that
I better start calling it a hobby. It’s probably a strange hobby to have, but no
stranger than others I could have chosen. Jumping out of airplanes with only a
parachute, or surfing the reefs in shark infested waters come to mind. I started
writing about some of the patents I found over at
Cre8asite Forums, where I’m an
administrator, and then began blogging about them at
SEO by the Sea.

On the last day of the New York Search Engine Strategies this past March,
Danny asked me if I might be interested in writing something for the SEW bBog
about patents on a regular basis. I imagine I had a stunned look on my face,
because he caught me completely off guard with the question. I managed to
respond that I would be interested in discussing it with him further, and here I

With that introduction out of the way, let’s look at some patents in
week’s post
on new ones.

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