Oh no they didn't: BrightEdge has sued rival Searchmetrics using multiple SEO patents, which were granted last year. The concern being expressed by some today is that this could be the beginning of a wave of litigation as BrightEdge seeks to capitalize on its newly granted IP or goes after competitors that it perceives to be infringing.
The patents in question broadly pertain to various automated SEO software tools:
8,577,863: “Correlating web page visits and conversions with external references” Granted 11/5/2013
8,478,700: “Opportunity identification and forecasting for search [...]
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