I’m busy trying to make my way through a number of Google patent filings that focus upon personalized search.
There were six of those that came out this past week, with another nine USPTO patent applications published in total from Google. I’ve posted brief summaries of most of those at the Search Engine Watch blog in a post titled: New Search Patent Applications: October 6, 2006 – Google Takes Over the Patent Office
I’ve written about one of those patents in more detail on Thursday which points out some fine details about a process very similar to the query refinement suggestions that Google sometimes shows on results pages, including the mid-page queries that they offer for some results.
The personalization patents look at aspects of personalized search at a fairly deep level of detail – hopefully I can reduce some of the particulars down to easier reading.