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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Methods and Systems for Automated Searching", for Approval

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Baird, Bruce R. (Salt Lake City, UT); Zollinger, John M. (Sugar Land, TX), filed on February 11, 2014, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Lasimer Ny Llc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to computer related searches and dynamic links. More specifically, the present invention relates to performing user defined searches and to creating user defined links from existing text.

"The primary problem addressed by this invention relates to how searches are currently performed on the Internet, an Intranet or other computer network. For example, when a user desires to perform a search while working within an application such as a word processor, the user must first exit the word processor and initiate a Internet browser. Once the Internet browser is opened, the user first opens a particular search engine or other database. Next, the user inputs the search terms into the selected search engine. The search engine then returns the search results to the user. Finally, the user must extract the information returned in the search result and input that information into the current application.

"This can become a tedious and very unproductive process as the user spends time going between an application and a browser in order to perform various searches. In addition, the user often must perform the additional step of accessing the particular web site which may be returned in the search results. This additional step extends the process of searching the Internet for information or other data. What is needed are systems and methods for simplifying this process by allowing a user to search the Internet or other network from within an application more quickly and more easily."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention provides systems and methods for automating a search over a network such as the Internet. A user selects data such as text from within an application. The selected data is activated and a search is performed without the user having to leave the application. The search is performed while the user is continuing within the application. When the search is complete, the search results are made available to the user within the application from which the search was initiated. In one embodiment, the data is pre-searched and the results are cached such that the results are already available should the user desire. The present invention is particularly suited to integration with an operating system such that the methods of the present invention are thereby available to all applications. Alternatively, the present invention can be specific to a particular application.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"In order that the manner in which the above-recited and other advantages and features of the invention are obtained, a more particular description of the invention briefly described above will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. Understanding that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are not therefore to be considered limiting of its scope, the invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through the use of the accompanying drawings in which:

"FIG. 1 illustrates an example system that provides an exemplary operating environment for the present invention; and

"FIG. 2 is an exemplary flowchart illustrating a preferred method of the invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Baird, Bruce R.; Zollinger, John M. Methods and Systems for Automated Searching. Filed February 11, 2014 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=252&p=6&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

Keywords for this news article include: Lasimer Ny Llc.

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