Local.com Gets Its Patent

I’ve got a patent, you’ve got a patent. It seems that nearly everyone running an Internet company has a patent nowadays.

Local.com is the latest to announce a patent in the local space. The patent (no. 7,231,405) abstract says:

A local search engine geographically indexes information for searching by identifying a geocoded web page of a web site and identifying at least one geocodable web page of the web site. The system identifies a geocode contained within content of the geocoded web page of the web site. The geocode indicates a physical location of an entity associated with the web site. The system indexes content of the geocoded web page and content of the geocodable web page. The indexing including associating the geocode contained within content of the geocoded web page to the indexed content of the geocoded web page and the geocodable web page to allow geographical searching of the content of the web pages.

The rest of this post is at SEL.

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