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  • Google gets patent for "Systems and methods for highlighting search results"

    Systems and methods for highlighting search results


    Abstract

    A system highlights search terms in documents distributed over a network. The system generates a search query that includes a search term and, in response to the search query, receives a list of one or more references to documents in the network. The system receives selection of one of the references and retrieves a document that corresponds to the selected reference. The system then highlights the search term in the retrieved document.
    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...S=PN/6,839,702

    What does this mean for forums and how can i get a patent for a red headline on a webpage?
    Streicher

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    it wont hold up in court. a prior use defense will kill it if they do ever attempt to sue someone.
    seems you can patent anything these days..
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    • #3
      I think the "highlighter" is enough prior use to knock this one over.
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      • #4
        Why are all the patents describing something small/trivial always so long?
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          • #6
            Lawyers are certainly experts at doing that...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Moparx
              it wont hold up in court. a prior use defense will kill it if they do ever attempt to sue someone.
              seems you can patent anything these days..
              Yes, and they would have a very hard cracking down on everyone who searches. Like my patent on breathing , I can't get money from everyone.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Moparx
                it wont hold up in court. a prior use defense will kill it if they do ever attempt to sue someone.
                seems you can patent anything these days..
                This is probably why companies such as Google patent these things, so someone else can't.

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                • #9
                  Fight the man!

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