One of the secrets to Google’s massive success is not the immense size of its search index, but the sparse design of it’s homepage. A design that is now officially patented!
From now on, if you launch a search engine, it had better not use a homepage design that contains the bolded elements below:
It might have taken Google 5 years to get the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to issue the patent, but issued it is. Of course, even Google doesn’t sit on a winning homepage design. In the five years it’s taken the USPTO to grant the trademark, the search giant has tweaked the design some.
Now all we need is some brave soul to test how far Google will go to enforce the trademark. It’s going to be hard for Google to enforce a patented search interface, when even it’s current homepage looks different.
Any legal eagles wish to way in on this?