diberry - 3:11 pm on May 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Aristotle, this thread is not about whether the patent would be smart to use. It's about whether it or something else is causing the "bounces" that a whole lot of people have observed. If you don't have anything to add and are using the thread mainly to belittle people who are trying to get to the bottom of this phenomenon, then perhaps your valuable time would be better spent in threads where your input is relevant.
Back to the topic:
My former top page had been #1 for years. At one point a couple of years ago, it slipped to #2, so I made a few changes, and it went back to #1. THAT may be where the algo pegged me as an SEO person. While I never built links or any of that stuff, I had taken steps to keep that page at #1, and reacted quickly the instant it started to slip. Then Penguin demoted it a few positions and again, I immediately made changes (before I even knew about Penguin, actually - I hadn't been to WebmasterWorld in some time), and my rankings just got worse.
Based on that *timing*, in both cases, would the algo be wrong to assume I was making changes to get back my rankings? Not at all.
Since then, the page has bounced all over the place in the SERPs. Is that the sort of behavior we'd expect based on this patent? I'll leave that to the people who've been doing this longer than I have.