Search and Innovation

February 1, 2013

I don’t want to rain on the innovation parade. However, another search lawsuit is upon us. “Microsoft Sued over Search-Related Patents” reports that the alleged infringement relates to advertising. In My March 2013 Cebit Promise talk I comment about the loss of innovation in search. This new legal dust up makes it clear that the focus in search is on the dance among the search system, the user, and the advertiser. In short, innovation is not precision and recall in the manner of dusty equations. Perhaps innovation is the dutiful servant of revenue and legal eagles?

Stephen E Arnold, February 1, 2013

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