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Is Google's Backlink System Patented?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by agag2, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. agag2

    agag2 Supreme Member

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    Just curious is it "legal" for me to create a search engine w a algo that uses backlinks as the main deciding factor - or googles own this "method" (I'm NOT talking about doing what BING is doing - copying results straight from google) just using there "backlink" idea w my own little twists...

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    agag2 Supreme Member

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    Yes or no?
     
  3. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    In the past, I was a freelance new product designer for several brick and morter novelty companies, so I know a bit about patents. As far as I know, you can't patent a system. You can only be granted a patent for the following:

    - Utility Patent (For devices. In the field of software, there have been some patents granted for things like the MP3 audio format and some other formats)

    - Plant Patent (For newly created organic hybrid plants)

    - Chemical Patent (for medicines and new chemical compounds)

    - Design Patent (this is a very weak patent, but never-the-less, it is used for the aesthetic design of a particular product).

    EDIT: I just did a bit of research for you, and I guess some systems can be patented. An example is Amazon's payment system. They went to court over it and won the right to patent it.

    Hope that helps . . . . :)

    Cheers! - "Wiz"
     
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