Get the best search news, tips and resources, delivered each day.
Northeastern University Sues Google Over Index Database Design
Northeastern sues Google over patent from The Boston Globe reports that Northeastern University and a company founded by a Northeastern professor, Kenneth P. Baclawski, is suing Google for patent infringement.
The issue at hand in this case is that Northeastern has patented a method of storing database queries back in 1997. It wasn’t until about two years ago that Northeastern learned that Google was potentially infringing on that patent. It wasn’t for another couple years that Northeastern was able to find lawyers that would take the case on a contingency basis.
The complaint was filed on November 6th at Eastern District of Texas–the U.S. court. You can find the PDF of the complaint over here, as well as the copy of the patent and the court docket, thanks to ResourceShelf.
In addition, you can read about how Microsoft does index partitioning in their search index via SEO By The Sea.