While the company hasn’t announced this yet, the U.S. PTO shows a new patent (6,983,282) issued to Zoominfo for “Computer method and apparatus for collecting people and organization information from Web sites”. To my quick non-lawyerly reading, this is a very broad patent, to the point of being surprisingly so, with the “people search” company being awarded title to processes covering a giant swath of extracting organizational and people information from unstructured website data. Let’s just say this will certainly spark debate.
Broad New Search Patent Awarded
By January 31, 2006 · ··