Sgt_Kickaxe - 4:32 am on Aug 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
It seems to be a bit different than pagerank sculpting per say which has been heavily discounted thanks in no small part to Matt Cutts saying it doesn't work. The patent mentions nothing in terms of rank flow really, just distance from index. I see a lot of sites with archives that you'd need to click on 100+ next page links to get to the archive page with the article link.
And what about incoming links from other sites? The patent is worded to mean links from your own sites index, or is it?