Broad New Search Patent Awarded

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.


  1. One more proof that the PTO, in fact Patent Law in general is outdated, cannot follow the developments in technology.