Bill Slawski recently called attention to a patent that describes a way to apply generic ratings to content as part of a process of modifying search results. The patent applies to search results, media content, books, websites and games and describes a way to show modified search results where some of the results are blocked from being displayed.
The patent mentions the phrase “search results” 95 times and the phrase “search result” 40 times.
So if you are interested in search, then this patent may be of interest, particularly if your practice of search encompasses text, video, audio and other forms of media.
Caveat About Google Patents
Google files many patents but it rarely confirms whether or not the algorithm described in the patent is in use in the search results.
At this point nobody knows whether the algorithms described in this patent are currently in use or will be in use.
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