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Google Won Two Patents Today — 7,031,961 & 7,031,954

It was just less than a week ago, that Google were granted a patent for voice interface for a search engine, and today they've awarded the patents for Document retrieval system with access control (Patent# 7,031,954) and System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository (Patent# 7,031,961).

The patent, Document retrieval system with access control which was filed 9 years ago, has got me thinking about Writely, that somehow does go with reverts and rollbacks now, doesn't it? As for the second patent, System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository, looks to me as though it could be a reference to a combination of Google's services like Orkut, Google Groups, Blogspot, GCal or even Personalized Search.


Ok, let's refine Patent# 7,031,961 a bit, given that the abstract mentions " The search and recommendation system operates in the context of a content pointer manager, which stores individual users' content pointers (some of which may be published or shared for group use) on a centralized content pointer database connected to the Internet". Maybe GCal, Google Groups, Blogspot? Which Google service or product can be published or have shared group access? Seems like there's a case in here Writely as well… this needs some thinking through though, we'll come back to that another time.
On to the abstract of the Document retrieval system with access control (which was filed in 2000), an interesting one at that too:

An electonic document retrieval system and method for a collection of information distributed over a network having documents stored in web or document servers in which an access control list relates user identification to documents to which a user has access. No access control lists are contained in the documents themselves nor are comparisons made between lists of users, with their access levels, and the classifications of documents. Rather, by the use of URLs or pointers, it is possible to associate every document to which a user has access with the user identification number or code. URLs have a hierchical format which allows partial URLs to indicate levels of access. HTTP protocol, FTP and CGI protocol employ URL calls for documents and can use the access control method and system of the present invention. When a search query is applied to a query server, a list of hits is returned, together with pertinent URLs. The query server consults each access control list associated with each document server, to present to the user only those URLs for which he has a proper access level. Other URLs for which the user does not have proper access are kept hidden from the user.

This definintely does sound like Writely to me! Apparently the inventor of this patent, James Pitkow, was the President and Chairman of Outride Inc., a spinout from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), which was acquired by Google.

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April 18, 2006 - Posted by | Patents

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  1. The second patent sounds a lot like del.icio.us

    Comment by Michael | April 18, 2006

  2. [...] … noch zwei weitere neue Google Patente. Nachdem Google bereits vor kurzem ein Patent für die sprachgesteuerte Suche erhalten hat, kamen heute wiederum 2 neue Patente hinzu. Zitat: “… the patents for Document retrieval system with access control (Patent# 7,031,954) and System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository (Patent# 7,031,961)” via “within google´s world”: Google Won Two Patents Today — 7,031,961 & 7,031,954 [...]

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  3. Michael you’ve got a point! In March last year, during an interview with Paula Hane, the news bureau chief of Information Today, Pitkow (Jim/James) was asked to comment on the difference between Google’s News compilation of items and *Moreover’s categorization for users and he stated that their corporate customers clearly valued the editorial work and the level of metadata that was added. Additionally, in response to a question posed to him on the superiority of Moreover’s categorization than that of Factiva’s or NewsEdge’s, he had mentioned that they’ve had customers say they prefer their tagging and categorization over that of other companies.

    * Pitkow has led Moreover as CEO since May 2002.

    Comment by Angelo Embuldeniya | April 19, 2006

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  6. [...] Google’s World reports on two patents Google won today, and I’d like to call your attention to the Document retrieval system with access control and System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository, the second group mentioned: A search and recommendation system employs the preferences and profiles of individual users and groups within a community of users, as well as information derived from categorically organized content pointers, to augment Internet searches, re-rank search results, and provide recommendations for objects based on an initial subject-matter query. The search and recommendation system operates in the context of a content pointer manager, which stores individual users’ content pointers (some of which may be published or shared for group use) on a centralized content pointer database connected to the Internet. The shared content pointer manager is implemented as a distributed program, portions of which operate on users’ terminals and other portions of which operate on the centralized content pointer database. A user’s content pointers are organized in accordance with a local topical categorical hierarchy. The hierarchical organization is used to define a relevance context within which returned objects are evaluated and ordered. [...]

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  7. [...] It was just less than a week ago, that Google were granted a patent for voice interface for a search engine, and today they’ve awarded the patents for Document retrieval system with access control and System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository. read more | digg story                    [...]

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    Comment by John | April 19, 2006

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  10. [...] So what’s the scope for this? What are all the search engines implementing this? Will this be Google’s working in 2008/2009? Unfortunately, while there is enormous scope, currently there is no big search engine implementing this feature and perhaps nothing has been planned in relation to this. While the biggies have definitely given thought regarding this matter, they will definitely play safe for another 2-3 years until some little player masters this and then it will be acquired. Google’s most recent patent says something related to this, but it is not yet clear what it is exactly about. [...]

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  11. [...] Google won two patents a few days ago. [...]

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  12. [...] It was just less than a week ago, that Google were granted a patent for voice interface for a search engine, and today they’ve awarded the patents for Document retrieval system with access control and System and method for searching and recommending objects from a categorically organized information repository.read more | digg story [...]

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  13. is this official google site?

    Ange says: No, its not the official google site, it’s just my way of watching google’s trends in the industry, people watching can be so nice sometimes, but watching google making history in the industry can be total infotainment sometimes! :)

    For the official google site, please go here – http://www.google.com/ncr

    Comment by Rentalio | September 19, 2006


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