Patent number 8612429 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An information search system allows a user to search various types of electronic data including electronic data generated in an image file format. In response to a search request input by the user, an image that matches the search request may be displayed to the user, for example, with information regarding a document from which the image is obtained. Using the information regarding the document, the user may access the document containing the displayed image, for example, when the user determines that the displayed image satisfies the user's need.
"The above-described searching method may not be effective especially when more than one image is obtained from the same document, as the user may end up with accessing the same document more than once."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Example embodiments of the present invention include an apparatus, system, and method of searching. When a search option input by a user is obtained, a search parameter is determined based on the search option. An image database is searched to obtain an image that matches the search parameter. A search result is generated, which includes image information identifying the image that matches the search parameter, image relevancy information indicating the degree of relevancy between the search parameter and the image, and document information identifying the document from which the image is obtained. When the image that matches the search parameter includes a plurality of images being obtained from the same document, the plurality of images being obtained from the same document is displayed, one by one, in the order determined based on priority order information.
"In addition to the above-described example embodiments, the present invention may be practiced in various other ways, for example, as a recording medium storing a plurality of instructions that causes a processor to perform the above-described information search method."
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