Edwin - 10:11 pm on Mar 31, 2005 (gmt 0)
It's interesting. Presumably Google got a bunch of very smart people together in a room with a large whiteboard and said "Come on, let's list ALL the ways we could score/rank websites in our results, no matter how wild" and then filed the patent. Covers them for the next N iterations of search engine innovation if it gets granted, no matter how many of the individual ideas within it they implement. Smart move.