X1 Technologies Gets Search Patent

Pasadena-based X1 Technologies said Monday that it has landed a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for the firm's search indexing systems. According to X1 Technologies, the patent covers the firm's technique for dynamically producing search results as characters are entered into the firm's search software. The patent is entitled "Methods and Systems for Search Indexing", and is U.S. Patent No. 7,370,035. According to the US Patent and Trademark office, the patent was granted to Idealab founder Bill Gross and Steven Lee Colwell, and was actually granted on May 6th. The patent was originally filed in September of 2003. X1's software allows users to type in terms to search for on their desktop or server, and brings up those results as users type each character of their query. X1 offers both consumer and enterprise versions of its software, which are used to search and preview documents on both PCs and servers. The firm is backed by Idealab and U.S. Venture Partners.