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  3. Local Search’s Search Technology Gets a Patent

Local business finding search engine, gets to have its local search technology patented to several companies which are part of its LocalConnect Platform. These companies which got the’s search technology patent licenses include, PremierGuide. Former PremierGuide clients Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI), GateHouse Media, Inc., Herald Association, Inc., Intellistrand, LLC and The Telegraph, including over 200 sites owned and operated by these properties. Existing contracts of these companies with has been revised to reflect the patent licenses.’s local search technology has attracted more than 10 million page visitors monthly and is widely used by both consumers and production companies in searching information regarding local businesses and companies. Hence, deemed it appropriate to have the technology patented so that those wanting to incorporate the local search technology in their companies would have to get a patent license from first.

This is a pretty smart move on the part of Its Local Search Technology which rely heavily on geographical search and indexing of data by location has been delivering the most relevant search results to users. It has been proven that companies who employs’s local search technology has been pretty successful in delivering relevant local search results to their clients.

So, here’s what the patent claims cover:

  • local search technology related to identifying location information from web documents,

  • indexing location information

  • enabling the information searchable geographically

Search results from are ranked by search term, LocalRank score and location prominence among other factors. Once the system has ranked search results, it then extracts, matches and indexes web pages and produces web reference where applicable on more than 16 million local businesses listed nationwide on

Honestly now, do you really think that the patent license was necessary? Was just protecting its intellectual property or is it looking into the financial side of things?

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