Need Your Help With This New Stanford PageRank Patent

I’m on the road, visiting the main offices of Key Relevance in Texas, many miles from home. I brought my laptop with me, but somehow ended up leaving the power cord home in Delaware. Tonight, while checking for newly granted patents, I came across one naming Lawrence Page as inventor, and The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University listed as the assigned owners of the patent.

The new patent is Scoring documents in a linked database, filed December 1, 2004, and granted September 11, 2007. In a number of ways, it is very similar to Method for scoring documents in a linked database, also from Page and Stanford but filed July 6, 2001, and granted September 28, 2004.

As much as I would like to stay up all night looking at Stanford’s new patent, I have about an hour and 1/2 of battery time left. I’d love to compare and contrast the two documents, and point out things like the expanded claims section of the newer document to 14 claim statements in the new document, compared to only one in the earlier version.

If you have the time and inclination, would you take a look at the two, and try to capture the differences between the older version, and the newer version of the patented processes in these documents. I have to conserve a little battery time, to do things like check email, and write blog posts over the next day or two. Thanks.


Author: Bill Slawski

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