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SEO Geeks Picks 09; Google Search Patents

Written by David Harry   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:08

Next up in our ‘Top Picks’ for 2009', (Geek style) is the world of patents. If there is one area that continues to heat up is the behavioural data world. From all of the Big 3(?) we noticed a definite trend to seeing more on implicit/explicit user feedback.

This one is for the patents coming from the folks at Google… Beyond the behavioural stuff, we also noticed an up-tick in patents relating to Geo-local and Universal search elements. Which of course does seem to be much of what Google is going after these days (personal, geo, universal).

Who knew watching patents could foretell the future?

Google Search Patents from 2009

Implicit/ Explicit




Universal Search


Query Analysis


Semantic Analysis


Trust Authority


Recommendation Engine


Named Entities (navigational search)




It is interesting to note that Google is easily the least active of the Big 3 as far as patents go. Of course this is a good thing for geeks as it makes ‘Google Watching’ a bit easier during the year. Huzzah for that…

I hope you take the time to check out a few of these or bookmark them for your next round of testing. In the next edition (later today, grab the Feed) we’ll be posting the Microsoft and Yahoo Patents from 2009. Remember, there are no magic bullets; we seek to understand the mindset of engineers. Thus all search patents are worth knowing… not just Google… M’kay?

Stay Tuned

Top Picks 09 Series;

Top SEO posts from 2009
Google Search Patents 2009
Yahoo Search Patents
Microsoft Search Patents 2009
SEO News 2009
Local, Social and Tools 09
SEO Videos 09

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0 # Dana Lookadoo 2010-01-06 15:37
You are my favorite fortune teller, I mean, patent watcher!

Good point about no magic bullets. Appreciate how you keep your ear to the Google ground.
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0 # RisingPhoenix 2010-01-06 17:02
Thanks a lot Dave. I hope one day not only I finish reading all these but able to grasp it =D
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0 # Dave 2010-01-06 17:08
@Dana thanks hun... just getting it out there so I have it as a reference further down the line. Ya know? As for the magic bullets, that's why it's often a good idea to read ALL the Big 3 not just Google. Because we don't know which are implemented, nor the weights if they were... this excercise is more about understanding the mindset really...

@RP ... back again huh? Couldn't get enough? (glutton for punishment). As I was sayin in yer other comment, I tend to focus on a singe area of study to start with. Preferably one that interests you, then learn that. Attacking them in a random fashion tends not to work as well IMHO... Oh and don't forget all the papers in the SEO Dojo Library... lots more in there... hehe...
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