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Microsoft Files 90 Patents in One Day

Many having to do with search

     
3:50 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In the roughly 90 patents they applied for on November 2, 2006, Microsoft reveals that it is apparently pushing its research in the search engine market. There are a few patents that reveal improved ranking methods and document classification but the real interesting ones revolve around linking related queries, optimizing search, identifying results that are spam, and using a Bayesian classifier to measure feedback from the user...

Patent Links [appft1.uspto.gov]

It's gonna take me weeks to find time to actually dissect all of these. Anyone find any gems in there?

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8:13 am on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I had a look through all the search related patents. There is stuff to detect duplicate content, spam and context sensitive search. Nothing much that is revolutionary though. I put up an analysis on my website.
10:31 am on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Talk is cheap as is filing patents.
12:35 am on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Patents....

I cant stop laughing - no one in their right mind is going to want to copy msn search or the technology behind it!

Its like filing 100 patents on the design and construction of a chocolate teapot

You couldnt make it up..

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Well you may not be making money off MSN, but I guarantee there are people making fortunes off MSN traffic because it does convert well and it's easy to dominate the SERPs. I'm sure those people enjoy such patent reads ;)
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To currently dominate MSN you must 1st be lucky that they did not miss your homepage and/or you are a blogspot spammer...
Not sure how much of a fortune you can make from that and 10% of market share.