Google Lands First Web Search Patent
from the going-intellectual-property-crazy dept
It seems that Google is going intellectual property crazy. First they start going after trademark infringers and now they’ve
received their first search patent for their relevency system of ranking pages based on how many inbound links they have. I know I’d heard about similar systems before Google was around, so I wonder if there’s prior art? It will also be interesting to see how actively Google decides to protect their patents.
Comments on “Google Lands First Web Search Patent”
First of all, an algorithm called HITS predates pagerank, and both are based on the interconnectivity of the web. It’s similar enough that you could describe it in the same terms from the article “improved search engine that refines a document’s relevance score based on interconnectivity of the document within a set of relevant documents.”
Second of all, Brin and Page (the founders of Google) deserve the credit–they’re the ones who made Google and Google’s original pagerank algorithm. Why does Krishna Barat get it?
This is different than the original PageRank patent–they already have a patent on that. The fact that Google hasn’t gotten aggressive with their current patent bodes well. Maybe they only want the patent for defensive purposes. Seems like they understand that technology trumps attorneys..